A FERNHURST mum is pounding the pavements to help thousands of people with diabetes around the country.
Mother-of-three Shiobhaun Watt, will run the Virgin London Marathon on April 26 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), a type-one diabetes charity.
Type-one diabetes never has a day off and it never goes away which is why research into finding a cure is vital
“Diabetes runs in my family. I inject myself with insulin a minimum of five times a day,” said Shiobhaun.
“Every day means being vigilant to what I eat and how much insulin I inject.
“Type-one diabetes never has a day off and it never goes away which is why research into finding a cure is vital.
“To date, there is no known cause and no known cure for this life-threatening disease.”
Some 400,000 people in the UK living with type-one diabetes – including 29,000 children – rely on multiple insulin injections or pump infusions every day.
Shiobhaun will be joined by more than 190 JDRF runners who aim to raise more than £400,000 to support type one diabetes research.
She added: “Running a marathon is a huge undertaking.
“It has taken months of research and tracking into how every mile will affect my blood sugar so that I avoid a hypo, where my blood sugar goes too low.
“I started training more than a year ago, when the most I had run in years was three miles.
“Trying to fit in training around three small children and my job means running three times a week before my husband leaves for work.
“We’ve had some pretty cold mornings, it has been hard to stay motivated.”
Type-one diabetes is currently unpreventable and incurable and is not linked to lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise.
In severe cases, diabetic complications can include heart disease, kidney failure, lower limb amputation and blindness.
Shiobhaun has a fundraising page for those who would like to support her efforts which can be found at Just Giving