Brave Khan powers on

Khan Power has learnt to manage his diabetes well. Picture: Marcus Whisson d404051
Khan Power has learnt to manage his diabetes well. Picture: Marcus Whisson d404051

The Kiara resident is one of 4,000 young West Australians under 30 living with diabetes, but this has not slowed him down enjoying a game of basketball and leading a very active life.

According to Khan’s mother Natalie Koltasz, he was an active and healthy boy who suddenly became very lethargic, thirsty and needed to go to the toilet frequently.

‘A blood test confirmed the heart-breaking diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, and he spent a week in Princess Margaret Hospital learning how to manage the numerous insulin injections and eight blood glucose tests he requires each day to keep his blood sugar levels stable,’ Ms Koltasz said.

‘He now understands the sugars and carbohydrates listing on a food label better than most adults can and copes very well, knowing it’s just part of his life now.

‘He also plays basketball and loves swimming in summer but when he is very active he must be monitored very closely to make sure his sugars don’t go too low.’

Ms Koltasz added her son loved taking part in raising awareness of diabetes and fundraising in the hope he would one day be able to live without the restrictions of having diabetes.