Torres Defeats Type 1 Diabetes One Day at a Time

"It's a tough struggle but it makes you stronger in the end," states Anthony Torres, an eigth grade, BYMS student

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“Diabetes forced me to become more responsible than most when it comes to my health,” stated Anthony Torres, BYMS 8th grade student who wears an insulin pump 24 hours a day.

In an interview with the Matador Messenger, Anthony said that he would tell newly diagnosed kids that it’s really hard in the beginning but that you get used to it and learn how to deal with it. Anthony has now dealt with diabetes for one year.

Anthony Torres was diagnosed a year ago right when he started at Bernardo. “One can have good days and bad days and sometimes you wish you didn’t have this and ask yourself “why me”, added Torres.

Diabetes is a long-term, complex condition that causes high blood sugar levels and is “sweeping the country,”  according to diabetescoalitionofcalifornia.org.

Approximately 10% of all diabetes cases are type 1 and 90% of type 2, according to joslin.org, “Previously, research toward a cure was focused on transplantation of the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, the islet cells or parts of the pancreas.” Type one diabetes is also known as Juvenile Diabetes.

”The type that have means that I am insulin dependent for the rest of my life because my body can’t produce insulin on its own and currently there isn’t a cure for type 1,” stated Anthony.
“If my blood sugar gets too “high” then I can get irritable, get headaches, blurred vision, easily confused, and have problems. Anthony takes each day at a time, but he knows his limits. “Every normal daily activity affects my diabetes from too much exercise, stress, excitement, and other things.” 

“It’s a tough struggle but it makes you stronger in the end.”