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Raising awareness for diabetes

 People gather at Plattsburgh State, dressed in blue and standing in a circle, to raise awareness about diabetes.

People gather at Plattsburgh State, dressed in blue and standing in a circle, to raise awareness about diabetes. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

“There is a high percentage of children being diagnosed with diabetes,” Shinder said.

The number of people living with diabetes has increased considerably over the past 30 years. In 1985, an estimated 30 million people worldwide had the disease. Today, that figure exceeds 300 million, according to the International Diabetes Foundation and World Health Organization.

There are three main types of diabetes.

Type 1 results from the body’s failure to produce insulin. Type 2 results from insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to use insulin properly, sometimes combined with an absolute insulin deficiency. The third form, gestational diabetes, occurs when pregnant women with a previous diagnosis of diabetes develop a high glucose level.

Sir Frederick Grant Banting was a Canadian medical scientist, doctor and Nobel Laureate and is noted as one of the main discoverers of insulin.

Meghan Ketcham, another nursing student at Plattsburgh State, said it is important to raise awareness about the disease.

“We need to further prevent something that is preventable,” she said.

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