The London Marathon fight for diabetics
In 2011, Daniel Piper, a Structural Engineer in our London office, became critically ill, days away from slipping into a potentially fatal diabetic coma. Since being diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic he has turned his life around for the better.
His commitment to helping others, raising awareness and funds in aid of JDRK UK – an international research programme to cure, treat and prevent Type 1 Diabetes, has turned him into a champion and significant role model to others. As a Type 1 Diabetic he is living a normal life and now training for London Marathon. Here is what he has to say:
This year is quite a big year for me as on 22nd April 2018 I’ll be running the London Marathon on behalf of JDRF UK – my first ever marathon!
For those of you who don’t know, I was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic back in November 2011 having been admitted to hospital severely ill and days away from slipping into a potentially fatal diabetic coma. Although diabetes is one of the most known-about diseases in the world, Type 1 Diabetes is probably one of the least understood with 400,000 people in the UK (29,000 of these are children) diagnosed with the condition.
I’ve received some truly incredible support over the years, but unfortunately many Type 1 Diabetics don’t receive the same level of care that I’ve experienced which is why I am honoured to fundraise for the amazing charity. Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that attacks our immune system and destroys the insulin-producing cells in our pancreas, called beta cells. It has nothing to do with lifestyle and diet which is often portrayed in the media.
Lack of insulin within the body can lead to short term problems like dizziness, being unable to concentrate and feeling incredibly weak and disorientated to longer term complication like blindness, amputations, heart, kidney & liver failure, and in some cases, can become fatal within hours or over years, which I unfortunately have family experience of. It requires constant round the clock self-monitoring and multiple daily injections of insulin to keep us functioning and alive.
JDRF UK do some amazing work and are committed to eradicating Type 1 Diabetes and it effects for everyone in the UK with Type 1 by:
• Funding world-class research approved and administered by their international research programme to cure, treat and prevent Type 1 diabetes
• Make sure research move forward and treatments and delivered as fast as possible
• Give support and a voice to people with Type 1 and their families