Children with type 1 diabetes will converge in Washington, D.C.

It may be easy for people who are unaffected by type 1 diabetes to forget how many Americans experience a decreased quality of life due to the disease.

However, children from across the nation who have type 1 diabetes will converge in June in Washington, D.C. to remind members of Congress that they are waiting for a cure. These individuals, who are between the ages of 4 and 17, have been selected to represent their home states as they reinforce the need for more diabetes research in order to combat the chronic illness, according to a recent article published by the Sanford News.

Actress Mary Tyler Moore is the international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), and she will lead the Children's Congress event. The well-known sitcom star was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes more than 40 years ago.

"With JDRF's Children's Congress, we are able to put faces to a disease that places an enormous toll on our nation. It is also a reminder for Congress that their partnership in the fight to find better treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes is essential and has helped to drive research progress to date," said Moore, quoted by the news source.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recognizes that type 1 diabetes can be stressful for both children and parents, but constant nervous tension may affect how well blood glucose levels are managed.

The organization states that persistent feelings of stress may cause spikes in blood sugar levels or lead to unhealthy food choices.

Parents should inform their children about the dangers of poor diabetes management without using judgmental words that may convey anger, the ADA recommends. For example, using the term "high blood glucose levels" may help parents convey concern, while "bad blood glucose levels" sounds more like they are scolding their kids.