On Saturday, October 6, 2018 Dr. Planer participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) One Walk in Asheville. Type 1 diabetes is an incurable autoimmune disease where the pancreas produces little to no insulin. Insulin is what converts sugar to energy in your body – so insulin is extremely important and consequences can be severe without it!
Once you are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, insulin injections become a part of your everyday life. There are multiple types of insulin therapy – one of which is a 24-hour insulin that you inject before bed each night. This is called “Basal insulin” which will sustain you during the day. Others need multiple insulin injections throughout the day to maintain an optimal blood sugar level.
While type 1 diabetes currently cannot be prevented or cured, there are exciting breakthroughs happening through research, technology, and the hard work of individuals committed to making a difference for those affected by the disease. JDRF has a goal to create a world without type 1 diabetes. Visit their website to learn more: https://www.jdrf.org/
Dr. Planer and her husband, Dr. Christopher Planer were happy to support colleagues and friends through this event!