Silent Killer Series - Part 1

For every two people diagnosed with it, one person remains undiagnosed. It’s a disorder known as the "Silent Killer," diabetes.

Two months ago 17-month-old Chole was diagnosed with one of the two major kinds of the disease, type one or juvenile diabetes.

"I was devastated," says Chloe's mom Amy Newman. "It was like a death sentence. I didn't know what to do."

She wasn't alone. In all, it's estimated that more than 20 million Americans or seven percent of the population has diabetes. With more than 4,000 new cases being diagnosed daily, a growing number of diabetics such as Chloe do not have a family history of the disease.

A disease of the pancreas, diabetes affects the amount of insulin the body produces. Insulin is needed to break down sugar and that's why many people, especially those with Type one have to take insulin shots several times a day.

"I have to stick Chloe about 10 times a day. It's hard to have to stick a baby but that's the only way I can keep her alive," says Newman.

While all diabetics do not have to take shots, all do have to monitor their diets.

"I have to be a mathematician, a dietician, a doctor, a nurse. I mean, I have to calculate her carbs, what her blood sugar is versus how much insulin to give her. I had to quit my job," says Newman. "You know day care, no daycare would take care of a diabetic child. One, it's ok if a non-diabetic child misses a meal or sleeps through a snack. If she were, she could die! So, I have to be on top of her 24-7!"

Affecting people of all ages, diabetes can cause many problems including: kidney failure, nerve damage or even death!

However, healthcare officials say by sticking to the doctor's orders, diabetics such as Chloe can live and lead full, productive lives.


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