Previously known as juvenile diabetes, type 1 diabetes is caused by an insulin deficiency and is usually diagnosed in childhood. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), nearly 1.6 million Americans have type 1 diabetes. Unfortunately, it’s a condition with warning signs that can easily be overlooked, and patients can become critically ill very quickly, especially in an otherwise healthy child with no family history.
That was the case for eight-year-old Aron Vandeven of Bonne Terre, Mo. Aron’s mother Donna, along with his care team, recently shared his story to help raise awareness for other families in our community.