GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Molly Duerr has a very active three-year-old and the only thing that takes more energy than playing with him, is managing her diabetes.
"It would not be an understatement for me to say I eat, sleep, breathe, live diabetes," said Duerr.
Duerr was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 16. Sixteen years later, she still has to check her blood sugar levels eight to 10 times a day. She wears an insulin pump and glucose monitor and has to plan every meal ahead of time.
"Do you eat, do I take more insulin, do I need to do more exercises? Is it the stress that's making my blood sugar higher?" Duerr says as she describes all the ways she's challenged in her daily life.
And the fact is more people are being diagnosed with diabetes, particularly Type 2 diabetes.
"It's global, it's global. The incidence of diabetes is increasing in every country around the world," said Dr. Elizabeth Seaquist with the University of Minnesota.
Seaquist says one in every three Minnesotans has diabetes or pre-diabetes. The reason for the rise? We live a more sedentary lifestyle than ever before. The U has teamed up with The Mayo Clinic on a project called the Decade of Discovery. A ten year plan of prevention and research aimed at conquering the disease.
"Our hope is to prevent, optimally treat and eventually cure Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in the state of Minnesota," said Dr. Seaquist.
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