Mumbai: Twenty-three young Indians with type 1 diabetes (T1D) shattered myths about their disease when they successfully scaled Maharashtra’s highest peak with the ‘OneUp’ trek, India’s first T1D Challenge. Sanofi India, Diabetes India and Aurangabad-based NGO ‘Udaan’ (NGO for people with T1D) took this initiative to bring type 1 diabetes under the spotlight. Starting off from Igatpuri, these young trekkers (ages 14 to 22 years) from 13 cities across India, climbed to Kalsubai Maharashtra’s highest peak (5400 ft.).
The trek was flagged off by Dr S Sadikot, President, International Diabetes Federation and a person living with T1D, who shared interesting anecdotes to encourage the 23 T1D participants at the inauguration ceremony.
India’s first trek for type 1 diabetes – ‘OneUp’ – has demonstrated how people with T1D can take on any challenge if they regularly monitor their blood sugar, have carefully regulated meals and scheduled insulin administration.