Celt helps lads bat­tle di­a­betes

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A cou­ple of lo­cal lads were joined by a foot­ball star to help put the boot in di­a­betes.

Matthew Rankin, 11, of Cathkin Pri­mary and Zak Whalen, seven, who goes to Bankead, were joined by Scott Al­lan of Celtic to pro­mote Di­a­betes Week.

All three suf­fer from Type 1 di­a­betes, which oc­curs when the pan­creas doesn’t pro­duce enough in­sulin, af­fect­ing a per­son’s blood sugar lev­els.

The char­ity Di­a­betes UK was rais­ing aware­ness of the con­di­tion by hav­ing a coach­ing ses­sion and games at To­ry­glen Re­gional Foot­ball Cen­tre.

The aim of the event, which saw Scott play with the young­sters, was to show that di­a­betes should not stop you be­ing able to play sport.

Matthew said: “It can be an­noy­ing hav­ing to man­age my Type 1 di­a­betes every day, but it doesn’t stop me from do­ing any­thing. I can still play sport and have fun like ev­ery­one else.

“I was ex­cited to meet Scott and hear about how he man­ages his Type 1 di­a­betes when he’s play­ing foot­ball. It’s great to see him play be­cause it shows ev­ery­one that hav­ing di­a­betes doesn’t have to stop you do­ing the things you love.”

Zak added: “I got di­a­betes when I was two and I have an in­sulin pump.

“When I play foot­ball my dad takes my pump off me and we just have to check my blood be­fore and af­ter I play to make sure my blood sugar is OK.

“It’s re­ally cool to meet Scott be­cause he’s like me - he has Type 1 di­a­betes and he plays foot­ball!”

Over four mil­lion peo­ple are liv­ing with di­a­betes across the UK in­clud­ing over 276,000 in Scot­land.

Type 1 af­fects around 10 per cent of those di­ag­nosed while Type 2 ac­counts for al­most 90 per cent of cases.

How­ever there are still many mis­con­cep­tions about the dis­ease and what it can cause.

Di­a­betes UK’s cur­rent cam­paign is cen­tred around ‘set­ting the record straight’, rais­ing aware­ness of the con­di­tion and let­ting peo­ple know what it is re­ally like to live with.

Scott Al­lan said: “It’s great that Di­a­betes UK is ‘Set­ting the Record Straight’ for this year’s Di­a­betes Week.

“Di­a­betes is very mis­un­der­stood and a lot of peo­ple be­lieve the myths sur­round­ing the con­di­tion.

“There are some who think that peo­ple with Type 1 di­a­betes can’t play sport but I think I’m an ex­am­ple of how wrong that as­sump­tion is.

“I’ve lived with Type 1 di­a­betes since I was three, and I’ve never let it hold me back.

“I’m pretty sure none of the chil­dren at the event are let­ting the con­di­tion stop them from do­ing what they want to do ei­ther.”

More in­for­ma­tion on Di­a­betes UK can be found at www.di­a­betes.org.uk

On the ball Matthew Rankin with Scott Al­lan

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