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Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
2550 Victoria Park Avenue, Suite 800
Ontario, M2J 5A9
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to support and promote diabetes research. Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder that affects the body's ability to properly manufacture or utilize insulin, a hormone necessary for the body to transport food glucose into cells for energy. There are several types of diabetes including insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, IDDM (also known as juvenile diabetes); non-insulin dependent (type II, also known as adult-onset diabetes); and gestational diabetes. Established in 1974 and consisting of 14 chapters, JDF supports research advances in therapies to reduce the risk of diabetes-caused blindness, decrease the number of amputations due to diabetes, and control high blood pressure associated with diabetes; disease management practices that help maintain tight control of glucose levels to prevent or delay complications of diabetes; and practices that afford women with diabetes the opportunity for safe pregnancies and healthy children.
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