This post was graciously contributed by Rob Rice.
The above picture is known to almost all runners. It was the logo on the front of shirts worn by the fans of one of the opponents of Steve Prefontaine during the Olympic Trials in 1972. Their hope was that their shirts would counter the multitude of hometown fans chanting “GO PRE”. It made for a great story when, after winning the race, Steve donned one of the shirts for his victory laps. That night, Steve Prefontaine was unstoppable.
But, do you know what you can stop? Prediabetes, or PreD. Yes, you can reverse PreD, or at the very least postpone the onset of full-blown Diabetes. If you can stop a disease, why wouldn’t you? Why don’t you?
As of this writing, approximately 79 million Americans are Prediabetic! That’s a conservative estimate. I have seen numbers as high as 85 million. That’s 85,000,000 – about 25% of the population of the United States. That’s a lot of people who don’t need to get Diabetes.
So, what is Prediabetes? A diagnosis of Pre-D means that your well on your way to joining the 25.8 million Americans who have Type 2 Diabetes. That’s 8.3% of the entire population of the USA! If your A1c is between 5.7 -6.4%, you are Prediabetic. The sad part is although Pre-D is easily diagnosed and can be reversed, it’s often ignored. It is just not taken seriously by enough people. Imagine if we had Pre-Heart disease, or Pre-Cancer. We would all be going out of our way to do whatever we needed to do to avoid our condition worsening into the “full-grown” version! But the vast majority of people see this as a “wait and see” situation and don’t make the changes they desperately need to.
Did you know that those with Pre-D are 50% more likely to get heart disease? No? It’s true. You see, Diabetes does not just attack one part of the body, it attacks just about everything because it’s a disease of the blood. And, blood goes everywhere!
Over the next few posts, I hope to share with you the great news that Pre-D is not a death sentence. You can reverse it by doing just a couple of things.! Consider the following facts from The American Diabetes Association:
“Research shows that you can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes by 58% by:
•Losing 7% of your body weight (or 15 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds)
•Exercising moderately (such as brisk walking) 30 minutes a day, five days a week
Don’t worry if you can’t get to your ideal body weight. Losing just 10 to 15 pounds can make a huge difference. For some people with Prediabetes, early treatment can actually return blood glucose levels to the normal range.
Is it worth losing a little weight to be free of such an awful disease as Diabetes? If we use the 58% number above, that would mean almost 46 million people who will NOT become Diabetics!
Declare War On Diabetes – and make it personal. It’s your War; it’s your life you are fighting for.
So let’s get off our couches and get on our feet. Any movement is a great start. For me, that was running. For my wife and others, it is walking or Wii Fit. The key is getting started. The stakes are too high to ignore this any longer. Next time, we will talk about educating yourself to be a winner in the War On Diabetes. Until then, get up and get out there and STOP PRE-D!
Thank you for reading
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