DIFFICULT CONDITION: Riley Allen, 11, pictured about to test his blood sugar levels, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes last year.
DIFFICULT CONDITION: Riley Allen, 11, pictured about to test his blood sugar levels, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes last year. Chris Ison

11-year-old Riley marks life by injections eight times a day

LOOKING at Yeppoon's Riley Allen, you see a happy active 11-year-old.

But the young boy has had to learn to live with giving himself insulin eight times a day by injection, or be continuously connected to an insulin pump, as well as checking his blood sugar levels with a finger-prick about eight times a day - all just to stay alive.

Yesterday Riley raised $2200 for the Walk to Cure Diabetes.

Riley said having diabetes was more difficult than people thought.

"It's all about keeping numbers in your head, counting carbs and checking your blood sugar levels, halving or adding and stuff like that," he said.

On World Diabetes Day yesterday, Diabetes Queensland was trying to bust the myths surrounding Type 1 diabetes, with its campaign: "There are many types of diabetes - this is 1".

There are almost 650 people living with type 1 diabetes in Rockhampton and 21,300 Queensland-wide.

Type 1 diabetes is not preventable, but many cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle.



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