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12 year old Columbus boy managing Type 1 Diabetes

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On Saturday, hundreds of folks will lace up their walking shoes to raise awareness of and fund research for juvenile diabetes. As many as three million Americans may have type one diabetes, that is their bodies cannot produce insulin.

When the homework's done, Andy Callahan, 12, spends his time perfecting his golf game. He's making room on his shelf for more trophies and medals. But when Andy was two years old, the little toddler found himself in the rough.

 "We had noticed that in the middle of the night he would just wake up with a crazy thirst, I mean he would slam 2 or 3 sippy cups back to back, of course being the great parents we are, we gave him apple juice," said Stephanie Callahan, Andy's mother.

Andy was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. He's learned how to manage the disease even he's away from mom and dad.

"When I wake up in the morning when I eat breakfast I have to check my blood sugar, then once I've done that, I eat the same thing each morning, a pop tart, and I put it in my insulin pump, and then at 10 o'clock when we're changing classes in my school. Arnold Magnet Academy, I go to the nurse, and I have to check it again, I have to put it in again," said Andy.

He checks it again at lunch, and later in the afternoon. It may seem tedious, but it's what Andy has to do to keep his blood sugar from getting to high or too low.

In addition to extreme thirst, other signs to look for in type one diabetes are frequent urination, fatigue, weight loss, and blurred vision.

The Callahans are grateful for the local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. They have a team for the walk Saturday at Rotary Park. Registration is from 8 to 9, the walk begins at 9. To pre-register or donate to the JDRF visit  walk.jdrf.org

There is no cure for type 1 diabetes. Research focuses on Regenerating the insulin-producing cells inside the pancreas and  finding ways to reverse the autoimmune reaction that causes Type 1 Diabetes.


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