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The ninth annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund Walk to Cure Diabetes will be Saturday, May 9, at Fond du Lac High School. The event is expected to draw around 500 walkers to go the 3-mile distance to raise money for critical Type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.

The Fond du Lac Family YMCA is now forming classes for the next sessions of the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, an innovative program proven to reduce the burden of Type 2 diabetes, which is one of the nation’s costliest chronic diseases.

T1D is an autoimmune disease that impacts millions of people around the world. T1D is unrelated to diet or lifestyle and occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. T1D requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin. There is no cure.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a group-based lifestyle intervention for adults at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. An evening class session will run from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesdays, and morning classes will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m., Thursdays.

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