FIGHT DIABETES TOGETHER
DURING National Diabetes Week, we’re urging the community to focus on what they can do to help beat the condition, which is growing at an alarming rate.
It can be frustrating for people waiting for medical research breakthroughs because they can be few and far between. It’s a frustration we share. We would love for these to be reached faster but if we’re to reach our dream of a diabetes cure, we need to move beyond that. The alternative – to stop research altogether – is unthinkable because it has helped us come so far already.
In 1897, the average life expectancy for a 10-year-old child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes was about one year. Thanks to medical research, they can now live well into old age.
Still, medical research is costly. The more support we get, the quicker we can get life-changing answers. And the little things go a long way; donate that spare $5 to research, sign up to volunteer for research studies, spread the message about our work, attend an event or hold your own fundraiser. SHERL WESTLUND Executive director, Diabetes Research WA