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Young Vermonter champions Type 1 diabetes research on Capitol Hill

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A 6-year-old from Fairfax just returned from the trip of a lifetime. Victoria McQuillen Slocombe is one of just 150 kids selected nationwide to attend the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Congress in Washington.

People who have juvenile diabetes-- also called Type 1 diabetes-- do not make their own insulin. Insulin is a hormone that converts sugar into energy. Type 1 diabetics' bodies cannot do this. Thus, they must take insulin to survive. It is not inherited and there is no cure. Only 5 percent of diabetics suffer from Type 1 diabetes. The vast majority have Type 2, which is usually developed as an adult and can be inherited or the result of unhealthy choices, and it doesn't necessarily require insulin therapy.

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