4,000 Steps Glow Run for Diabetes

 05 June
 Greene County Tech High School (old campus)
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 Arkansas Methodist Medical Center
AMMC and the Northeast Arkansas Diabetes Organization are hosting the 4,000 Steps GLOW RUN for Diabetes on Friday, June 5, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at the Greene County Tech old campus. The event is an opportunity to raise awareness about diabetes, a disease that touches every family. Through a donation, individuals can honor persons currently managing diabetes or remember those who succumbed to diabetes-related complications. Those interested should register online at racesonline.com. Pre-registration closes at midnight on Thursday, June 3. Cost is $20.00 for both walkers and runners. To be guaranteed an event t-shirt, registration must be completed by May 20. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the American Diabetes Association. According to the American Diabetes Association, Type 1 diabetes is caused by an autoimmune disorder-a problem with the body's immune system. In a healthy body, specialized cells (called beta cells) in the pancreas make insulin. Insulin is a hormone that allows the body to use energy from food. In type 1 diabetes, the immune system mistakes beta cells for invaders and attacks them. When enough beta cells are destroyed, symptoms of diabetes appear. In Type 2 diabetes, the beta cells still produce insulin. However, either the cells do not respond properly to the insulin or the insulin produced naturally is not enough to meet the needs of the body. So insulin is usually still present in a person with type 2 diabetes, but it does not work as well as it should. Some people with type 2 can keep it under control by losing weight, changing their diet, and increasing their exercise. Others take one or more medications, including insulin. For more information, call 870-239-7467 or email allison.hitt@arkansasmethodist.org.

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