Diabetic father signs up for Brighton Half Marathon

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A father who was rushed to hospital with high blood sugar is now running a half marathon to improve the lives of others.

John Samson, 43 of Haywards Heath was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 14 years ago after a blood test at his doctor’s revealed very high blood glucose levels. He was rushed to the Princess Royal Hospital.

John said: “I was getting up six times in the night to go to the loo, I wasn’t able to play football anymore as I felt so exhausted and I lost over a stone in weight.

“I felt relieved when I was finally diagnosed because not only did I now know the cause of these symptoms but I also learnt I could manage the condition with daily insulin injections and get online support from Diabetes UK.”

Type 1 diabetes is a condition that means people cannot produce insulin – but it isn’t currently preventable.

The condition usually affects children or young adults, starting suddenly and getting worse quickly, but it is not caused by being overweight.

Losing weight very quickly, being extremely thirsty, urinating frequently and being tired are the main signs of the condition.

The father of two, who is a frozen foods account manager and also practices Chinese martial arts, is currently preparing for his first road 13.1 mile running event by racing up to 8 miles twice a week.

He said: “I always make sure I take a bottle of Lucozade when I’m training just in case my blood glucose levels drop, (a hypo), and I start feeling a bit shaky.

“I now really appreciate the hard work of other Diabetes UK fundraisers and it’s become my personal challenge to raise as much money as possible which will go towards helping improve the lives of people affected by and at risk of diabetes in the UK.

Nikki Verra, Diabetes UK regional fundraiser for the south east said: “The Brighton Half Marathon is an incredible challenge requiring dedication, time and commitment.

“We are really grateful for John’s fundraising efforts, and wish him the very best of luck.

“The money raised will help us offer vital support to people with diabetes and fund pioneering research into the condition.”

Diabetes UK funds research into looking for a cure for diabetes. The charity also provides advice and information for people who are affected – and campaigns on issues which are important to them.

To sponsor John visit www.justgiving.com/John-Samson.

He has so far raised £397 – breaking his £300 target.

To sign up for the Brighton Half Marathon for Diabetes UK for just one pound visit www.diabetes.org.uk.

The Brighton Half Marathon takes place on February 22.