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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Today is the 22nd Annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day. Why is this important to you? Why should you care? You aren’t a diabetic. So, why worry?

This should be important, you should care and should be concerned because Type 2 Diabetes affects nearly 24 million adults and children in the US. Most of them do not even know they have Diabetes. An estimated 5.7 million Americans are at risk. That adds up to one in five, people. 1 in 5. Take a look around you, look at your friends, look at your family, look at your children’s friends, look at your co-workers. One person in every five of those people you know and love are at risk for a chronic disease. Not just any disease, one of the fast growing chronic diseases in America.

Type 2 Diabetes is the most common type. The body cannot produce enough insulin necessary or the body is unable to process the amount of sugar in the body. Complications arise when all that glucose builds up in the blood stream. Complications such as heart disease, neuropathy, glaucoma, skin disorders and infections, high blood pressure, ketoacidosis, kidney disease, and stroke. This is not a pretty list by any means.

Being overweight or obese is the number one reason people develop Type 2. The sad thing is it could have been prevented with a healthy lifestyle. Losing weight, getting some physical exercise and making healthy food choices could help you reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by over 50%. Type 2 can be prevented….but it cannot be cured. Once you have Type 2, you are a Diabetic for life.

Do me and yourself a favor. Check your Body Mass Index and see if you should be concerned about your weight. See if you are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes by taking the Risk Test. If you are, then start making the changes you need to live a long, happy and healthy life.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 is the day to Stop Diabetes.

Please visit the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenille Diabetes Research Foundation and donate. Please help us fight for a cure.

Guess what else today is?

*Free Pastry Day at Starbucks.

*Sophie Day at Tropical Smoothie.

Help us celebrate the 2nd Annual Sophie Day this Tuesday March 23rd at Tropical Smoothie Cafe at Charleston & Town Center location. Free Jetty Jr. for anyone who mentions Sophie's name.

*Ninjabetic's Birthday!

What a fantastic Tuesday!


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