Hundreds gather at the Capitol for World Diabetes Day

Published 11/15 2013 05:42AM

Updated 11/15 2013 11:05AM

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - November is National Diabetes Month and Thursday November 14th is World Diabetes Day.

That is why hundreds gathered at the Utah Capitol to educate legislators and the public on how diabetes has affected the state. ABC 4 Utah spoke to one Utah family who tells me how the disease has changed their lives significantly.

"Every decision you do, every decision you make is based on Type 1 Diabetes, and are you ready?” said Andrea Taylor who has type 1.

Taylor a wife and a mother of three was just 23-years-old when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, an auto immune disease that shuts down the pancreas and no longer produces insulin on its own, and its unpreventable.

 "I remember thinking ok I can poke myself, but I would never be able to poke my child,” said Taylor.

However, just four years after giving birth to her daughter Savannah that fear became a reality when she too was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The Taylors are not alone, according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation the disease is on the rise in the beehive state.

"In this state alone their are 235,000 people who are affected by diabetes and that is both type 1,  or type 2. 135,000 of those are diagnosed with either of those diseases and 100 thousand of them are pre diabetes,” said Laura Western with JDRF.

The high numbers in Utah is why JDRF, The American Diabetes Association an people like the Taylors are bringing attention to the public about the disease and measures that can be taken to prevent type 2 such as diet and exercise.

For Andrea an her daughter Savannah, whose diagnoses could not be prevented, they have a strong support system at home and find comfort in each other. “It's very helpful because she can help me with anything if I have a question she will know it and she'll help me through it, said Savannah.

According to the Utah Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System an additional 47,000 people living in Utah have diabetes and don't even know.


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