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Support Group Hosts 4,000 Steps Diabetes Walk/Run


Shay Willis May 21, 2014

AMMC and the Northeast Arkansas Diabetes Organization (formally Moms of 1's Support Group for Mothers of Children with Type 1 Diabetes) are hosting the 7th Annual 4,000 Steps Diabetes 2 Mile Walk/Run on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. at the Paragould Community Center.

The event is an opportunity to raise awareness about diabetes, a disease that touches every family. Through a donation, individuals can honor persons currently managing diabetes or remember those who succumbed to diabetes-related complications.

Those interested should register online at www.ageeracetiming.com/events/229. Pre-registration closes at midnight on Thursday, June 5. Cost is $15.00 for both walkers and runners. To be guaranteed an event t-shirt, registration must be completed by Friday, May 30. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. For more information, please call 870-239-7016.

According to the American Diabetes Association, Type 1 diabetes is caused by an autoimmune disorder-a problem with the body's immune system. In a healthy body, specialized cells (called beta cells) in the pancreas make insulin. Insulin is a hormone that allows the body to use energy from food. In type 1 diabetes, the immune system mistakes beta cells for invaders and attacks them. When enough beta cells are destroyed, symptoms of diabetes appear.

In Type 2 diabetes, the beta cells still produce insulin. However, either the cells do not respond properly to the insulin or the insulin produced naturally is not enough to meet the needs of the body. So insulin is usually still present in a person with type 2 diabetes, but it does not work as well as it should.



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