The Shelby High School Football team will be proudly wearing blue on September 12 when they walk with students for the kickoff of Walk n’ Wheel Wednesday!
“Try and Stop Us!” is the theme for the Coyotes as they spread the word in support of those with diabetes and to raise awareness in hopes of a cure.
Diabetes is thought of as the disease caused by too much sugar, but isn’t an accurate picture of the disease, especially in the case of juvenile diabetes. Currently, diabetes affects nearly 30 million children and adults in this country. That is almost 10% of our nation’s population. Another 86 million have pre-diabetes or are at risk for developing diabetes. Every 19 seconds someone in the US is diagnosed with diabetes and the numbers are growing every year.
There are two types of diabetes. Type 2 is the most common and affects mostly adults. However, with the ever-increasing rise in childhood obesity, physicians are seeing more children and teens developing Type 2. Management of Type 2 Diabetes includes a healthy diet, exercise, medication, and monitoring. Type 1, also known as Juvenile Diabetes, is rarer than Type 2. It is much harder to control and it is common for it to be diagnosed during childhood or the early teen years although it can happen at any age. Type 1 is a more severe autoimmune form of diabetes. It requires very strict monitoring and lifelong insulin therapy. For those suffering from Type 1 Diabetes, the rule is you must take Insulin or you will die. Pills, diet, exercise, and carb counting are simply not enough to control this disease. Many with Type 1 Diabetes or parents with a child with Type 1 Diabetes report that the disease simply takes over the lives of the family. It takes constant awareness and diligence. There is nothing a parent or a child could have done to prevent the disease. Although the exact cause of Type 1 Diabetes remains unknown, it is believed that family history (genetics), a virus, or environmental toxins may be involved in triggering the onset of the disease.
Like many states, Montana has a large population of young warriors fighting the daily battle of Type 1 Diabetes. Join the Shelby High School Coyote football team, local law enforcement, the Safe Routes to School Task Force, teachers, staff and students and join Walk n’ Wheel Wednesday. Walking school buses leave the former Middle School at 7:35 am and the Shelby Recycling site at 7:45 am. Walk or ride to bring awareness in hopes of a cure. “TRY AND STOP US!”