We are just days away from the pinnacle of Diabetes Awareness Month – on Thursday 14th of November, across the globe people will recognise World Diabetes Day 2019.
It is an opportunity for the diabetes community to unite and raise awareness of the different types of diabetes that affect millions of people across the globe.
Inspiring individuals will be embracing the opportunity to do their part to raise awareness – that could be through a physical challenge, sparking conversation about diabetes or opting for a fun-filled fancy-dress approach.
A diabetes team at The Countess of Chester Hospital, Cheshire is getting involved by participating in a Parkrun event in superhero attire. This is a nod to the diabetes charity Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Type 1 Superheroes theme for World Diabetes Day.
Through the run the team of ten will highlight the work of JDRF. The type 1 diabetes charity is committed to funding research to cure and effectively treat type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that causes the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas to be destroyed, preventing the body from being able to produce the insulin required to regulate blood glucose levels. Approximately 400,000 people are currently living with type 1 diabetes in the UK.
The hospital staff team including dietitians and nurses, hope to generate conversations with local spectators at the event to provide information about diabetes and be on hand to signpost people to diabetes support services.
At Diabetes.co.uk we are encouraging people with diabetes to be #EmpoweredTogether as a global diabetes family, to share stories and to collectively benefit from years of experience and acquired knowledge. It is an opportunity to demonstrate that we are in this together.