It wasn't to long ago that people living with diabetes relied on pigs for insulin to manage their diabetes. Up until the 1980s people living with diabetes would get their insulin from pig pancreases. We've come a long way since more than 2 tons of pig parts were required to produce just 8 ounces of purified insulin. Today the insulin that is in our pens and insulin pumps is produced from designer microorganisms.
Tuesday night Team Type 1 Global Ambassador Hunter Sego was announced as the winner of the 2016 American Diabetes Association (ADA) Kiss a Pig Indianapolis. This kiss was not at a dinner in front of a hundred or so people, instead Hunter found himself at mid court at the Pacers game against the New York Knicks. To read the official article from the Team Type 1 Foundation please click here.
Although kissing a pig sounds like a crazy idea it is raising diabetes awareness, the official crowd at Tuesday nights Knicks vs Pacers game was 17,906!! That means that almost 18,000 people learned something about diabetes. It doesn't matter if you are kissing a pig or riding a bike hundreds of miles, anything and everything that we do to raise diabetes awareness makes a difference.
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