27th August 2021

HFL's Cat Stevens swims to cure Diabetes

HFL's Contract Support Administrator, Cat Stevens, has signed up to the event Swim22 and will be swimming the equivalent of the length of the English Channel to raise money for Diabetes UK! The event is running from the 22/07 to the 22/10. For anyone who wants to help/support this great cause, please visit: https://swim22.diabetes.org.uk/fundraising/cathryn532

Cat shares the following with regards to her initiative and diabetes:-

"Over the course of the next few months I will be attempting to swim the length of the English Channel – 22 miles, which equates to 709 lengths of a 50m pool, in aid of Diabetes UK to raise money for research. Diabetes UK aims to improve lives through pioneering research into all forms of diabetes and diabetes-related complications. The work they support helps to understand the causes of diabetes, bring about life-changing breakthroughs in care, treatment and prevention and bring us closer to a cure. 

To date I have currently swam 10 ½ miles towards my target! When I first started I could only manage around 500m a session, I am now averaging around 1500m each session, so hopefully soon I will reach my 22 mile target and push myself even further. Who knows, maybe I could swim to France and back? #gonnabeamermaid

Here are some of the fact surrounding Diabetes, pulled from the Diabetes UK website, were you can find even more information or even signup yourself: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/
About Diabetes:
•    More than 4.9 million people in the UK have diabetes
•    Around 90% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes and 13.6 million people are now at increased risk of type 2 diabetes in the UK with around 850,000 people are currently living with type 2 diabetes but are yet to be diagnosed
•    Around 8% of people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes and about 2% of people with diabetes have rarer types of diabetes.
•    It is predicted that 5.5 million people will have diabetes in the UK by 2030 if nothing changes.
•    Research has consistently shown that for some people, combined lifestyle interventions - including diet, physical activity and sustained weight loss - can be effective in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes by about 50%.
Type 1 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is a serious condition where your blood glucose (sugar) level is too high because your body can’t make a hormone called insulin. When you have type 1 diabetes, your body still breaks down the carbohydrate from food and drink and turns it into glucose. But when the glucose enters your bloodstream, there’s no insulin to allow it into your body’s cells. More and more glucose then builds up in your bloodstream, leading to high blood sugar levels. It’s a serious and lifelong condition.
Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition where the insulin your pancreas makes can’t work properly, or your pancreas can’t make enough insulin. This means your blood glucose (sugar) levels keep rising. When you have type 2 diabetes, your body still breaks down carbohydrate from your food and drink and turns it into glucose. The pancreas then responds to this by releasing insulin. But because this insulin can’t work properly, your blood sugar levels keep rising. This means more insulin is released. 
For some people with type 2 diabetes this can eventually tire the pancreas out, meaning their body makes less and less insulin. This can lead to even higher blood sugar levels and mean you are at risk of hyperglycaemia.
If left untreated, high sugar levels in your blood can seriously damage parts of your body, including your eyes, heart and feet. These are called the complications of diabetes. But with the right treatment and care, you can live well with type 2 diabetes and reduce your risk of developing them."

Please have a look at Cat's page and donate a few pounds for a good cause - every pound can make a difference.

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