on Jul 14, 2011 @ 11:42 am|
Every year around this time I raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada. This year's no different.
JDRF collects donations to help in research for the treatment and cure of Diabetes.
In a diabetic person, glucose accumulates in the blood to very high levels. The excess glucose can attach to proteins in the blood vessels and alter their normal structure and function. One effect of this is that the vessels become thicker and less elastic, making it hard for blood to squeeze through.
Here are just some of the things a person with diabetes may face:
EYE DAMAGE: when blood vessels in the back of the eye (the retina) balloon out into pouches. It can progress to a more serious form called proliferative retinopathy. This occurs when damaged blood vessels close off and new, weaker vessels take their place. These new vessels can leak blood, which blocks vision. They can also cause scar tissue to grow and distort the retina.
KIDNEY DISEASE: Kidney disease starts when the blood vessels in the kidney become leaky. These leaky vessels allow protein from the blood to be excreted with urine. Eventually, some vessels collapse and place more pressure on those that remain. Under this increased load, the remaining blood vessels are also damaged and the kidney may fail. A person may have to go on dialysis — where a machine performs the role of the kidney — or receive a kidney transplant.
NERVE DISEASE: the nerves with which you sense temperature, pressure, texture, and pain is damaged. For most people the effects are felt mostly on the feet and lower legs.
HEART AND BLOOD VESSEL DISEASE: high blood sugar damages the blood vessels and can lead to blockage. These blockages in the heart can cause heart attack or stroke. Blocked vessels in legs can cause pain and impair blood circulation. Eventually, 0.6 percent of all diabetics have lower limb amputations because of damage to the feet or lower legs.
I have an uncle living with only one foot, the other lost to amputation for the same disease.
I had another uncle have both his feet amputated, and eventually die from complications of diabetes.
I had an aunt who lost both kidneys and lived on dialysis until she eventually passed away because she couldn't get a transplant.
I have a cousin orphaned at a very young age because both his parents were taken by diabetes.
I have a niece who will never know her grandparents.
This is probably what you or someone you know is living with every day.
This is not a fight that can be won without your help.
Click the "SUPPORT ME" button and give.
No donation is too little, and every adult and child suffering through this thanks you.