Stockport Tadpoles banner mended!

5 Oct

Just reapplied some sequins and googly eyes to the Stockport Tadpoles banner I made earlier in the summer to use at several summer fairs and carnivals. Joe, my eldest has Type 1 diabetes and since January we have been going to a monthly getogether of Stockport Tadpoles, part of Diabetes UK network, which supports Type 1 kids and their families. So it’s not a swimming group then! Actually Stockport Tadpoles is a welcoming and friendly environment that kids with diabetes and their parents can relax and chat-and not always about Type 1 either!

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The rate of people affected by type 1 diabetes is increasing by four per cent annually, particularly in children under five.

Type 1 diabetes is caused by a problem with the immune system. You cannot prevent it by adopting a healthy diet, exercising regularly, or living a healthy lifestyle. There is currently no known cure.

Type 1 diabetes develops when the insulin-producing cells in the body have been destroyed and the body is unable to produce any insulin.

Insulin is the key that unlocks the door to the body’s cells. Once the door is unlocked glucose can enter the cells where it is used as fuel. In Type 1 diabetes the body is unable to produce any insulin so there is no key to unlock the door and the glucose builds up in the blood.

Nobody knows for sure why these insulin-producing cells have been destroyed but the most likely cause is the body having an abnormal reaction to the cells. This may be triggered by a virus or other infection. Type 1 diabetes can develop at any age but usually appears before the age of 40, and especially in childhood.

Type 1 diabetes accounts for between 5 and 15 per cent of all people with diabetes and is treated by daily insulin injections, a healthy diet and regular physical activity.

For more info on Type 1 Diabetes go to; http://www.diabetes.org.uk or; jdrf.org.uk

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