Posted by Louisa Heath on April 24th, 2019.
Each and every month staff at TorFX raise money for a different local or national charity, allowing us to support and highlight a number of important causes over the course of the year.
This month we gave our backing to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a global charity dedicated to supporting those living with type 1 diabetes as well as researching a cure for the condition.
Diabetes is a lifelong condition characterised by blood sugar levels that are too high and which leaves the body unable to break glucose down into the energy it needs to function.
Type 2 is the more common of the two main forms of diabetes, affecting 90% of all diabetic adults in the UK, and results from the body either failing to produce enough insulin or simply failing to react to it.
On the other hand, type 1 diabetes occurs when the body’s own immune system targets and destroys the cells that produce insulin.
Those living with type 1 diabetes need to take regular injections of insulin in order to regulate their blood sugar levels and get on with their day-to-day lives.
Founded in 1986, the JDRF aims to eliminate the occurrence of type 1 diabetes, preventing those at risk from developing the health condition and minimising its effect on those already living with it.
To this end the charity has already invested more than £1 billion in funding critical research that seeks to better understand the causes of type 1 diabetes, improve its treatment and develop a cure.
One key branch of the JDRF’s research lies in prevention, aiming to fix the fault in the immune system which will lead to the development of type 1 diabetes before a person needs to begin insulin treatment.
Over the course of the month our staff raised £390 through dress down Fridays, doing their bit to help fund the JDRF’s crucial research.
There are many ways to offer your support to the JDRF as well, from donating or fundraising to volunteering or even participating in clinical trials to directly contribute to the development of treatments.
If you want to learn more about the JDRF and what you can do to help then head over to their website.
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