175,000 people in Utah have diabetes, 10 percent of that group has type 1 diabetes. Usually diagnosed in children and young adults, with type 1 diabetes the body does not produce insulin.
Dr. Chris Newgaard from Duke University is working to find a cure. Dr. Newgaard told ABC4 Reporter Emily Clark, "The immune system destroys the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas."
Right now, diabetes can only be treated but Dr. Newgaard is working on that.
Dr. Newgaard said, "We have made significant strides to figure out how to increase the amount of beta cells in the pancreas."
Dr. Newgaard's work is making progress and a difference for the future.
That is why he is in salt lake city today.
Laura Western, Executive Director Utah JDRF, said, "Dr. Newgaard will share his expertise on the science to drive us to find a cure."
Dr. Newgaard's work is funded in part by the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation.
The doctor is in Salt Lake City on Thursday to show to those donating to JDRF and local doctors what he hopes to do.
While there is progress, Dr. Newgaard is the first to admit the need for cautious optimism.
Dr. Newgaard said, "There should be hope, but we should measure it a little bit."
And that is where we all come in: we can't loose momentum in the fight! If you want to donate to JDRF and what they are doing to cure diabetes, click on this link.