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By Chris A. Porter
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Friday, October 19, 2012

Blog: 2012 ADA Step Out

 Chris A. Porter
WNI Digital Media

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A few years ago, I had just a cursory understanding of diabetes. I knew it had to do with high levels of sugar in the blood, but didn't know the extent of life-altering symptoms many who are diagnosed with diabetes must suffer with on a daily basis.

After meeting Bridget, my significant other, I have gained new perspective on this debilitating disease and hope to raise awareness so that perhaps one day we can find a cure.

Two major types

Of the two types of diabetes, type 1, also referred to as juvenile onset diabetes, tends to start quickly and is often diagnosed among children and young adults. In type ones, beta cells in the body produce little to no insulin, causing glucose buildup in the bloodstream. This can lead to problems with the kidneys, eyes, heart, nervous system and a host of other symptoms. Untreated, it can be life-threatening. However, with a healthy diet, insulin therapy and other treatments, it is possible for type ones to manage their condition and live long lives. The exact cause is still unknown, but it is likely an autoimmune disorder and can be hereditary.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common, affecting millions of Americans. It can take much more time to fully develop before diagnosis than type one. In type twos, the body doesn't produce enough insulin or the blood cells ignore it altogether, which can lead to various complications. Both types of diabetes are chronic diseases which currently have no cure. Like type one, type two diabetes can be managed by insulin therapy, eating healthy and exercise.

The reason I walk and get involved

The disease hit home for me two years ago when my significant other's mom Regina passed away after a long battle of suffering with type one diabetes.

Tomorrow on October 20, 2012, my family and I will walk throughout the beautiful Yavapai-Prescott Indian Reservation for the second year in the American Diabetes Association's Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes in Prescott.

In honor of Bridget's mom, we call ourselves 'Team Regina.'

The event will feature walks of varying distances and a 5k Fun Run. The goal this year is to raise $75,000 for diabetes research, and the more help we can get the better. If you would like to get involved, you can get more information about the event as well as make donations at any time by using the links at the bottom of this page or by calling 1-888-DIABETES ext. 7085.

Any and all support is truly appreciated, and I hope to see some of you come on out and walk!

If you go...

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012

Location: Yavapai-Prescott Indian Reservation, Gathering Center, 530 E Merritt Street, Prescott

Routes: .7, 1.3 and 4 Miles, and 5K Fun Run

5K Fun Run: 6:30am Check-in, 7:00am Start

All Walk Routes: 7:45am Check-in, 9:00am Start

Online Donations & Information: http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/StepOut/A6ARZ-NorthernArizonaArea?pg=entry&fr_id=8421

Event contact: Jim Robak, jrobak@diabetes.org

Phone: 1-888-DIABETES, X 7085

Related Story:

Obituary: Regina Morrissey



Related Links:
• Step Out: Prescott's page on ADA site
• Local family learns 'planning is huge' in treating young son's diabetes (Daily Courier)
• Prescott Arizona Step Out Walk Facebook page



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