Diabetes-awareness breakfast held

2016-05-24 06:00
Photo: supplied The ladies at the fund-raising ladies breakfast.

Photo: supplied The ladies at the fund-raising ladies breakfast.

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RAINBOW Roo Play School in Hillcrest hosted a fund-raising ladies breakfast titled “Sail away with me”, to raise funds for its pre-school and to raise awareness about diabetes Type 1.

Lynette Walters of Rainbow Roo said her son Connor was diagnosed four years ago and feels it is important to make people aware of the symptoms.

“Knowledge is power. One should know what to look out for and what diabetes is as this could save someone’s life.” said Walters

She said through the fund-raiser she wants to show people what Connor goes through as well as what the family deals with every day so people can see it is not an easy disease to live with.

“Connor, even though he is young, is mature, brave and someone people look up too - I know we do. Keep raising awareness until a cure is found for diabetes Type 1,” she said.

Chatting to the Fever about diabetes nursing sister Jane Lukhan said Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes.
“Only five percent of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. In Type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. The body breaks down the sugars and starches you eat into a simple sugar called glucose, which it uses for energy.
“Insulin is a hormone the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, young children can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.”

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.
“If you have Type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time it isn't able to keep up and can't make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose [blood sugar] at normal levels and leads to patients having to take medication.”

The third type of diabetes is gestational diabetes.
“This develops during pregnancy [gestation]. Like other types of diabetes, gestational diabetes affects how your cells use sugar (glucose). Gestational diabetes causes high blood sugar [levels] that can affect pregnancy and the baby's health.

“Expectant moms can help control gestational diabetes by eating healthy foods, exercising and, if necessary, taking medication. Controlling blood sugar can prevent a difficult birth and keep you and your baby healthy.

“In gestational diabetes, blood sugar usually returns to normal soon after delivery. But if you've had gestational diabetes, you're at risk for Type 2 diabetes,” she added.

Lukhan urged the community to find out more about diabetes or to test their blood sugars regularly at a clinic or at their doctor.

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