Twelve-Year-Old Working to Raise Diabetes Awareness - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/20/07

Twelve-Year-Old Working to Raise Diabetes Awareness

Diabetes is becoming an epidemic in the United States, especially among kids. But one child with diabetes has taken it upon herself to educate others.

Diana Avina, 12, says she was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes at age 7. Since then, she has learned to keep an eye on her blood sugar level and give herself regular insulin shots. And now, since November is Diabetes Awareness Month, she wants to share this advice to others who may be newly faced with this diagnosis.

"So I said to myself, ok you have to be dealing with this from now on. Don't let your diabetes take over you. You take over diabetes. It can't stop you from your dreams," said Diana.

Diana says she recently ran her first marathon and she enjoys swimming and playing soccer and baseball. But her personal goal is to be an example to other children with diabetes, by encouraging them to take control of their disease by exercising and eating right.

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