ONE person is diagnosed with diabetes in Australia every five minutes.
In 2014, Henry Yuill was one of these people.
A personal trainer at The Shed Fitness Studio, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
As a Type 1 diabetic, Henry is insulin dependent and cannot manage the disease through exercise and diet alone.
The Shed will hold a fundraising day in November to raise money for Diabetes Australia.
“[Being] a Type 1 diabetic myself I suppose that gave me me the incentive to try and raise awareness and obviously raise money to try and find a cure one day,” Henry said.
“The clients here are all fantastic. They all understand or have learnt a little bit more about it.
“I’m still learning it all but I’ve taken the challenge in my stride and I haven’t let it stop me doing things that I love, like playing sport.”
While most people would agree that diabetes is a common disease, many may not realise just how common it is.
“Over the past two years we’ve taken on probably six to 10 Type 1 diabetics and several of our older clients are Type 2 or have just been diagnosed with Type 2,” Henry said.
“If you’ve got diabetes it will benefit you enormously to do some exercise.”
On November 12, personal training sessions will be half price between 6am and 2pm.
A silent auction will also be run throughout the day and a game of touch football will be held at Eridge Park in the afternoon.
“One hundred per cent of the money raised is going to Diabetes Australia which is great,” Henry said.
To book a training session or for more information contact The Shed Fitness Studio on Facebook, on 0422 644 791 or 4862 3030.