Diabetes in Children and Adolescents has particular urgency for former Miss America Nicole Johnson. Nicole has served as an international spokesperson for diabetes issues for more than 8 years. She has worked tirelessly promoting awareness, prevention and early detection of the hidden killer, diabetes.
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 19, former Miss America Nicole Johnson has every reason to be concerned and, more importantly, act for this cause.
Each year, in the U.S. alone, approximately 15,000 children and adolescents are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Earlier this year, Nicole had Ava, her two years old daughter, screened through Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet, an international research effort led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that is exploring ways to prevent and delay type 1 diabetes. This screening, which consists of a simple blood test, could reveal an increased risk for type 1 diabetes up to 10 years before symptoms occur. Through TrialNet, diabetes researchers at more than 150 locations are offering this screening to eligible family members of people with type 1 diabetes.
“The information you get from this blood test is vital,” says Nicole Johnson, “because if my daughter is destined to get type 1 diabetes, we want to know at the earliest stages.”
Funded by NIH, TrialNet is also supported by the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International and the American Diabetes Association.
Nicole Johnson publishes regularly and volunteers much of her time in Washington, D.C. lobbying the U.S. Congress on behalf of diabetes issues. In addition, she also works with state legislatures to improve insurance coverage and general health care for the millions of individuals with diabetes.
Another passion of Nicole’s is diabetes research. Over the last several years, she has helped generate more than $16 million for this cause.
Beyond these activities and achievements, Nicole is proud to announce the release of her autobiography, Living with Diabetes and her second cookbook. The autobiography details Nicole’s journey through life with diabetes, her achievement of Miss America, and the tests that have been placed on her faith and foundation along the way.
Source: Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet, USA