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Onesie’s for Type 1 Diabetes

28 July 2014

Every day our team are working to improve the lives of Australians living with Type 1 diabetes (T1D). Our ‘clinical’ teams work with doctors, educators and patients, ‘marketing’ works to ensure supply, great offers and help steer future innovation based on community feedback, ‘customer service’ are always on hand to provide assistance and ‘corporate affairs’ champion for access to technology across the community.

Today, we just looked a little different.

Medtronic Diabetes Team_Onesie Day

To show our support of those living with T1D, raise awareness amongst the Medtronic community, and help raise more funds for diabetes research, today we joined the #TypeOnesie cause and wore a Onesie to work. Yes, we attracted a few funny stares from people on the train, in the traffic and around the office, but that is the point. It starts the story and helps us spread the word of T1D and those living with it. You see, we all have our own T1D story. Some of us live with T1D in our bodies, some of us live with it in our homes, some of us know friends or peers with T1D – but all of us have a ‘believe moment’ when we realised that T1D could be controlled and people can live and lead wonderful and inspiring lives.

For Viv, who leads the marketing team at Medtronic in Australia and New Zealand, her believe moment was when her young sister Lara was able to manage her glucose control through use of an insulin pump and have a child.

“Seeing my sister’s health improve with an insulin pump was the moment I really believed in insulin pump therapy. I consider myself incredibly lucky to now work with this therapy, and help more and more people with T1D to believe too.”

Share your #believemoment on twitter and tag at @MedtronicANZ.

If you are interested in supporting this cause and having a little fun at the same time, why not join #TypeOnesie for day. For details visit www.jdrf.org.au.

About Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. There are two major types of diabetes, known as type 1 and type 2.

Type 1 diabetes is often diagnosed in children and teenagers however people of all ages can be diagnosed. The cause is unknown, though there seems to be a strong family link that can be triggered by environmental factors such as viruses. Type 1 diabetes does not appear to be related to lifestyle or obesity. There is no known way to prevent Type 1 diabetes and it is not understood why someone get it and others don’t. In Australia, Type 1 accounts for 10-15% diabetes cases.1

A person living with Type 1 requires the hormone insulin regularly, as the body does not produce enough for ordinary body function. There are many ways to take insulin, including the traditional vial and syringe, insulin pens, and insulin pump therapy. Insulin pumps are small, portable devices that deliver insulin continuously. The pump delivers insulin through a small tube placed under the skin. Adult studies1 show that insulin pump therapy can achieve better glucose control than conventional multiple daily insulin injection regimens for people with type 1 diabetes.

To find out more about diabetes control visit www.t1dpump.com.au

  1. jdrf.org.au What Is Diabetes? Fact Sheet
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