Welcome friends and family!
As most of you know I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes back in 1992. The disease has progressed to include hypertension and most recently Stage II Kidney disease.
The Kidney disease has brought about additional life changing behaviors like increased exercise, a low sodium diet of 1500 mg daily, no fast food and no caffeine. Reading nutrition labels has always been a way of life for me focusing on carbohydrate and sugar content, but once you start taking a look at sodium content things get interesting. For instance canned vegetables, sounds like a good choice right? Canned green beans, 311 mg/per serving, fresh green beans, 3 mg/per serving. With a 1500 mg restriction that is 500 mg per meal. Fast food, forget about it. A Quarter pounder from McDonalds, 1100 mg, tack on the fries, ketchup and a soda, you are looking at a total of 1600 mg. Think Subway is the answer? A foot long meatball sub, 1840 mg and a foot long cold cut combo, 2040 mg before condiments! The next time you are at the store take a look at anything canned like soups or spaghetti O's, boxed meals like Mac & Cheese or those tempting .99 cent frozen microwave dinners. It is surprising how many foods contain 5, 6, 700 mg or more of sodium per a serving. My bet is most Americans eat well over 1500 mg of sodium PER MEAL, scary stuff.
Living with T1D I inject myself with insulin a minimum of 4 times a day and poke my finger to monitor blood sugars 4 or more times a day. Imagine having to think about how much food you are putting in your mouth, calculating carbohydrates to know how much insulin to take. Imagine miscalculating and taking too much insulin and as a result you feeling "shaky" or like you are going to pass out so you have to quick eat something. Imagine having to carry food with you where ever you go because if you burn off too much food before the insulin starts to work you can develop a low blood sugar. It has been a little over 21 years that I have lived with the disease, that is roughly 30,000 injections; it is time to find a cure.
My fundraising goal is not huge...a mere $50.00. I hope I can raise that and possibly more. I will be walking on 11/2 to create awareness for this terrible disease.
And now JDRF's information:
The money raised will help JDRF fund critical research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until no one has to fear developing the disease.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin - a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
JDRF is the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research and the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. This science is complex and costly, and every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
Please support me and donate to my Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease.
Thank you for your support!
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