Living a full life with Type 1 Diabetes

Zack and his parents at the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes in 2009.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Every year in the United States, 15,000 children are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, and more than three million American kids and adults deal with the disease every day.

Zack is a 15-year-old sophomore at Forest Hills Central High School. He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of eight. He remembers feeling sick, tired, and extremely thirsty. His mom through it was an infection or the flu, and took him to the doctor. When the doctor heard his symptoms, she suspected diabetes right away and checked his blood sugar. It was over 500. The normal range is between 70 and 120.

Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes

  • Increased thirst and frequent urination
  • Extreme hunger
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability or unusual behavior

Zack and his family had to learn how to give him insulin shots. Now he is on an insulin pump, which provides a constant dose of insulin to keep his blood sugar steady. He is now an active teen who loves to play hockey.

There are resources for families and people who are living with Type 1 Diabetes. JDRF is the only global organization with a strategic plan to progressively remove the impact of Type 1 Diabetes from people’s lives until it is no longer a threat to anyone. JDRF has a local chapter in Kentwood.

The annual JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes is a major fundraising event for JDRF. It is on Saturday, September 13 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 9:30 a.m. You can find information on raising donations online.

JDRF Michigan Great Lakes West Chapter
4595 Broadmoor Avenue SE, Suite 230
(616) 957-1838

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