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Making every step count as MGF employees fundraise for Diabetes UK

MGF’s IT Technician, Shannah- Louise Lowe and Marketing Executive, Rachel Maloney are undertaking the Diabetes UK One Million Steps Challenge.

The One Million Steps Challenge for Diabetes UK encourages people to take part and raise money to fund research into all types of diabetes. The challenge allows participants to choose 0.5 million steps, 1 million steps, or 1.7 million steps, which is the average amount of steps taken to get from Lands End to John O’ Groats (the southwestern most point to the most northerly point of the UK).

The One Million Steps Challenge relies on sponsorships of those participating, the money raised goes towards life saving research. Diabetes UK is the leading charitable funder of diabetes research, conducting research into all forms of diabetes and related complications, in 2021, Diabetes UK invested £6.4 million into diabetes research.

To gain her target steps, Shannah-Louise, completed various walks and hikes, including a 16.72km hike, taking over 21,000 steps.

“I am doing the One Million Steps Challenge to help all those affect or those who could be affected by diabetes. One in ten women are diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome with Insulin Resistance, which in most cases leads to type 2 diabetes, I recently got diagnosed with PCOS and Insulin Resistance, so this challenge is may way or supporting others like me and aiding research.”

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Diabetes is a serious condition that causes the levels of glucose in the blood to be too high, this can be caused when the body does not produce enough or any insulin or when the insulin produced is not effective. There are two main types of diabetes, type 1 is when no insulin is produced by the body and type 2 is when the insulin produced by the body is an insufficient amount or is non effective.

All types of diabetes are caused when there is too much glucose in the blood. Glucose is created when the body breaks down carbohydrates that are consumed and that glucose is released into the blood. Insulin is produced by the pancreas and allows the glucose in the blood to enter the body’s cells and give us energy.

To reach the goal of one million steps, Rachel has completed walks around Caernarfonshire and Cumbria.

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“It’s a sad thought, 1 in 15 people in the UK have diabetes. From a young age, I’ve seen members of my family suffer with different types of diabetes. By signing up to the One Million Steps Challenge, I am doing my bit to help those suffering from diabetes, to help fund life altering research, so hopefully, Soon they will find a cure.”

Exercise can help the body use insulin better by increasing insulin sensitivity. This is why Diabetes UK launched the One Million Steps challenge. Running from the 1st July to the 30th September 2022 the One Million Steps challenge averages 10,800 steps a day.

Help support Shannah-Louise by visiting her JustGiving page to donate.

Help support Rachel by visiting her JustGiving page to donate.