Audi Denver is proud to be an avid supporter of diabetes research and to sponsor as well as participate in events that raise money along with awareness about this cruel disease. Colorado Audi Dealers have been named the Official Vehicle Partner for Tour de Cure Colorado on August 16, 2014; a cycling event with the purpose of raising money and awareness for diabetes research. Join the Team Audi right now! Use promotional code AUDI2014 to waive the $15 registration fee.
Diabetes is a disease where the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to convert sugar, starches, and other foods into energy. There are two types: Type 1 and Type 2.
Type 1 is a condition characterized by high blood glucose levels caused by a total lack of insulin. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas and destroys them. The pancreas then produces little or no insulin. Type 1 diabetes develops most often in young people but can appear in adults. In most cases of type 1 diabetes, people need to inherit risk factors from both parents.
In many people, the development of type 1 diabetes seems to take many years. In experiments that followed relatives of people with type 1 diabetes, researchers found that most of those who later got diabetes had certain autoantibodies in their blood for years before.(Antibodies are proteins that destroy bacteria or viruses. Autoantibodies are antibodies ‘gone bad,’ which attack the body’s own tissues.)
Type 2 diabetes is a condition characterized by high blood glucose levels caused by either a lack of insulin or the body’s inability to use insulin efficiently. Type 2 diabetes develops most often in middle-aged and older adults but can appear in young people. Type 2 diabetes has a stronger link to family history and lineage than type 1, although it too depends on environmental factors. Studies of twins have shown that genetics play a very strong role in the development of type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle also influences the development of type 2 diabetes. Obesity tends to run in families, and families tend to have similar eating and exercise habits.
According to the American Diabetes foundation, diabetes kills more people a year than breast cancer and AIDs combined. Chris Sandelli, one of our Audi Brand Specialists, says the memories and experiences he gained from participating in last year’s Tour de Cure are still with him to this day and encourages others to become involved with the event even if they aren’t riding. When asked what the most rewarding part about participating Sandelli said, “meeting the Red riders (those riding with diabetes) and then getting to ride along side of them on the Tour. It’s inspiring to say the least, and truly puts into perspective just how fortunate I am.” By joining Team Audi, we are all one step closer to finding a cure for this brutal disease.