On the run for diabetes

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A DIABETES sufferer who developed the potentially life threatening disease after getting food poisoning is making a marathon effort for charity.

Simon Mowbray, 33, from Seaburn, was hospitalised due to food poisoning while on holiday in Turkey in 1995.

Aged just 15, Simon’s weight plummeted and he was constantly thirsty.

Doctors then diagnosed him as having type one diabetes.

It took the teenager a long time to adjust to life with the condition, and he regularly had hypo-glycaemic episodes which can leave the sufferer in a coma, or even kill them.

Tomorrow, Simon, who is married to Leanne, 31, will take part in the Virgin London Marathon, in the hope of raising £1,000 for type one diabetes charity, JDRF.

He said: “It’s the number one charity in the UK for people with type one diabetes.

“Other charities tend to raise more money for people with type two, but type one isn’t caused by any fault of the person who has it, whereas type two is developed because of a person’s eating habits or because they’re overweight.”

Simon, a branch manager for Secure Trust Bank, said he has learned to control his diabetes so he can continue to run, and uses an insulin drip to maintain blood sugar levels.

“I did the London Marathon last year and for the first time and I loved it,” he said.

“And I found that I’m quite good at it.

“It helps to keep everything in check health wise.”

Type one diabetes means a person’s immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys the beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.

To sponsor him, log on to www.justgiving.com/Simon-Mowbray2.