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Nov 19, 2013 8:52 AM by Elizabeth Hill

Living and learning with type 1 diabetes

"My question when the pediatrician's office called was well how serious is this."

When Jennifer Trumps' daughter Jada was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age five, she knew little about the disease.

"I'm a researcher and when its something affecting me or my kids I'm all about learning about it."

They soon met the challenges of day to day life with diabetes.

"At the age of five it's really hard to explain why do you have to poke me with this needle and why are you having to poke my finger, these things hurt and for a five year old that's really hard to understand."

Now, at 10-years-old, Jada is able to manage her care and understands what diabetes is enough to answer questions about it from curious classmates.

"When I got it they asked if it was contagious and I said no."

That's just one of many myths about diabetes. Trumps says it's frustrating that many people don't realize those with type 1 diabetes can't simply control it with diet and exercise.

"In the back of my mind I'm always wondering what is that person thinking, what do they picture my daughter looks like when I say she has diabetes."

Some of the warning signs of type one diabetes, or juvenile diabetes as it used to be known, are constant thirst, frequent urination, increased appetite, sudden mood swings and sudden weight loss. Trumps encourages parents to be aware of these signs and talk to your doctor immediately if you notice any of these changes in your child.

For more information on both types of diabetes click here.

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