Diabetes mellitus is a disorder of metabolism. Metabolism is the way our bodies use digested food for energy and growth. Food is broken down into glucose, a form of sugar in the blood, which is our principal source of fuel.
With digestion, glucose passes into the bloodstream. Cells use glucose for energy and growth. However, glucose cannot enter the cells without insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas, which it needs to convert sugar, starches, and other food into energy. Insulin is a hormone. The pancreas releases insulin to move glucose in the blood into cells, and lowers blood sugar levels.
A diabetic has a condition in which the amount of glucose in the blood is too high. The diabetic does not produce enough insulin, produces none or the cells do not respond properly to insulin. The result is too much glucose in the blood. The excess glucose eventually passes through the urine. Thus, even though the blood has plenty of glucose, the cells cannot get it.
Newly diagnosed diabetics and caregivers have a lot to learn, with many life changes to make. Here are some things caregivers can help with:
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Recognize the Symptoms of Diabetes
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Early Signs of Hypoglycemia
“We are excited by the generosity of our customers and their support of JDRF,” said Kyle J. Krause, Kum & Go president and CEO. “Kum & Go strongly believes in helping young people in the communities we serve. This is a great organization and cause that the entire company was happy to support.”
Stores in Springfield, Mo.; Clear Lake, Iowa; Rifle, Colo.; Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Garner, Iowa, were the top-five fundraising stores.
“We are thrilled with the partnership between Kum & Go and JDRF,” said Mary Hunter, JDRF Greater Iowa/South Dakota Chapter executive director. “We want to thank both the associates selling the sneakers and the wonderful customers who supported them by purchasing the sneakers. Kum & Go stores blew us away with the amount of sneakers they were able to sell to raise money for valuable type 1 diabetes research.”
The contribution will help fund research to cure type 1 diabetes. The Central Iowa Walk program, which Kum & Go sneaker sales are a segment of, is more than 96% efficient. JDRF as a national organization is more than 85% efficient with the funds entrusted to it.
Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.4 billion to diabetes research, including $101 million in 2009. In 2009, JDRF funded research projects in 22 countries throughout the world, including more than 40 human clinical trials.
Kum & Go has maintained 50 years of dedicated community commitment, each year returning at least 10% of its profits to the communities it serves.
Family-owned Kum & Go, based in West Des Moines, Iowa, has more than 430 convenience stores in 11 states (Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming). In addition to a wide selection of products, Kum & Go provides customers a proprietary mix of products under the well-known Hiland brand name. Other proprietary product offerings include Java Ridge Premium Coffee, Napa Creek and Sea Ridge wines, Go Fresh Market sandwiches and Nuclear energy drinks.
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