‘Put your Mind over Matter for what really matters’
As a self-proclaimed chocoholic, I’m using my role as an ambassador for Mind Over Matter Month to give up my chocolate addiction for the month of June.
My Dad lives with Diabetes so I’m passionate about supporting this initiative which raises critical funds and awareness of children and young people living with Type 1 Diabetes.
So please get behind my pledge and help me reach my goal of $5000.
About type 1 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in children. It affects about 1 in 500 young people in Australia and the incidence is increasing at almost 3% per year.
Untreated type 1 diabetes is fatal, however even with modern therapies people with type 1 diabetes are still at risk of blindness, kidney failure and cardiovascular complications.
People with type 1 diabetes require multiple daily injections of insulin to stay healthy, this needs to be balanced with careful diet and exercise regimes. Young people with type 1 diabetes also need to perform many blood glucose measurements per day to ensure that they are not at risk of sudden loss of consciousness or coma.
Over the last 20 years with new therapies the incidence of the traditional complications of diabetes, such as kidney and eye problems, has greatly reduced. However, maintaining a healthy life can come at a cost and there is now an emerging problem of high levels of mental health problems amongst young people living with diabetes.
The Royal Children’s Hospital and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute are committed to investigating mental health and the emotional burden carried by our patients and their families.
“More than 1 in 3 of our kids has significant depression, anxiety or disordered eating, so mental health is right on the top of issues for us to deal with, not only for the patients, but their families as well. Diabetes is becoming more complex and as the incidence increases more trained doctors are needed to care for affected children and their families” - Mind Over Matter Month 2012 for The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation, Melbourne
The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne is the major specialist paediatric hospital in Victoria and provides a full range of clinical services and health promotion and prevention programs for infants through to adolescents.
The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation plays a vital role in providing additional funding to support important research projects and purchase state of the art medical equipment to ensure that every child receives the very best treatment now and into the future.