Diverse Shopfitters recently sponsored a hole at the recent Italian Club of WA Charity Golf Day, with all proceeds going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease with no known cause that affects thousands of people in Australia and millions around the world. It is sometimes called juvenile diabetes because it is often diagnosed in children.
Sufferers of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) are unable to produce insulin which the body needs to utilise the energy in food sugars (glucose from carbohydrates). Without insulin, the body effectively starves, while the glucose builds up in the blood. Type 1 diabetics must monitor their food intake and balance their blood glucose levels with artificial insulin via multiple daily injections or delivered via an insulin pump. Too much insulin can induce potentially fatal hypoglycemia and too little leads to a host of complications including kidney disease, blindness and nerve damage.
Whilst diabetes management has come a long way, for sufferers and their families, it is still a demanding regime of counting carbohydrates, testing blood levels and injections. We are proud to support the JDRF to help find a cure and relieve some of the burden from Type 1 sufferers, their families and carers.