As a company we have committed to supporting a cause close to our hearts, finding a cure for diabetes. We're doing this with donations to Cash Store Financial's Freedom Run for the Alberta Diabetes Foundation.
Cash Store Financial is hosting 34 walk runs across Canada and you could support Diabetes Research by walking or running the 3 or 5 km distance, volunteering, or making a pledge. Together we can support ADF-Diabetes Research and reach our 2010 goal of $1.5 Million dollars.
Diabetes is a chronic (lifelong) condition where the body cannot properly use and store the fuel (sugar) taken from the foods we eat. Insulin is needed to help the body use the sugar for energy. When a person has diabetes, the pancreas either does not produce or produces very little insulin (type 1 diabetes), or cannot use the insulin that is produced (type 2 diabetes). When insulin is not available, the sugar from food stays in the bloodstream causing blood sugars to rise. Diabetics have a problem with hyperglycemia (blood glucose levels that are too high) and hypoglycemia (when glucose levels fall too low).
Over 2 million Canadians. Diabetes can affect anyone, at any age, at any time. People of Aboriginal, Hispanic and African descent have a higher prevalence of diabetes. For First Nation Canadians, diabetes is at least three to five times higher than the rest of Canada's population. 80% of people with diabetes are overweight. 89% of people with diabetes have one or more risk factors over which they can control: smoking, obesity and hypertension.