2005-06-10 / Community

Nagel Chosen For Diabetes Congress

JESSE NAGELJESSE NAGEL Jesse Nagel, a resident of Belle Harbor, has been selected to represent the New York Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) at the 2005 Children’s Congress. Nagel submitted an essay and was chosen from a pool of nearly 1000 applicants nationwide.

A total of 150 children will represent their states this year in Washington, D.C., from June 18 till June 22.

Nagel and his family have been active in the JDRF since his diagnosis at the age of 9 in 2001.

Last summer, Nagel walked along the beach and collected $1,000 for diabetes research in 3 days.

“It was fun, and I answered a lot of questions about what it’s like to live with Type 1 diabetes.

Can you imagine what it feels like, every time you eat, to have to really think beforehand?” said Nagel.

“First you have to check your blood sugar by pricking your finger with a needle, then figure out how many carbohydrates are in the food, calculate how much insulin you need, fill a syringe with insulin and then take a shot. Then you can finally eat.

Imagine taking 4-5 or more shots a day, or having to decide if that ice cream is worth having to stick yourself in the arm again.

A kid shouldn’t have to worry about things like this.”

According to the National Institute of Health, an estimated 850,000to 1.7 million Americans have Type 1 diabetes. Of those, about 125,000 are children 19 and under. An additional 30,000 Americans develop Type 1 diabetes every year, 13,000 of whom are children.

Nagel and his fellow delegates will attend an actual session of Congress, meet their representatives, and explain to them why money is so desperately needed for the research to find a cure. According to Nagel, “scientists would have a better chance of finding a cure if they had more money to focus on diabetes.

The researchers have some ideas, but really do not know what causes diabetes, how to prevent it, or how to cure it. Many different methods are needed to make progress. There’s no reason why the United States government can’t give more funding to these doctors and researchers that are trying to find a cure. Other countries are spending tons more money on research – why can’t we?”

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