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Diabetes Challenge: July 7-31

Most of what we eat is transformed into fuel for our bodies. This fuel is known as glucose, a simple sugar and the primary source of energy for our body’s cells. Without glucose, we couldn’t grow or have the energy to live our lives. Unfortunately, glucose doesn’t store well and a body afflicted by diabetes will experience difficulty holding onto that energy.

Most of what we eat is transformed into fuel for our bodies. This fuel is known as glucose, a simple sugar and the primary source of energy for our body’s cells. Without glucose, we couldn’t grow or have the energy to live our lives. Unfortunately, glucose doesn’t store well and a body afflicted by diabetes will experience difficulty holding onto that energy.

For people with diabetes, however, their bodies do not produce enough insulin needed to properly store excess glucose. It’s like having a leak in a fuel tank. Not long after filling up, they’re running on empty again, causing them to feel fatigue and hungry for more glucose. To make matters worse, excess glucose in the blood can lead to other health complications. So, this problem cannot be fixed by continuously refueling.

All types of diabetes are treatable. Patients with diabetes may or may not require regular insulin injections or medications but all are encouraged to adopt a special diet and exercise frequently. Left untreated, the patient is at risk of developing long-term complications, like damage to the eyes, nerves and most commonly the blood vessels. In fact, diabetes doubles the risk for cardiovascular disease.

Join the Diabetes Challenge

Our 24-day diabetes challenge (July 7-31) encourages participants to lose weight and adopt a healthy lifestyle. Participants will use a helpful toolkit to track their participation in our educational diabetes seminars and fitness classes being held at the FPG Seniors Clubs over the 3+ weeks. Please sign up by July 3, 2014. You do not have to have diabetes to participate. Any questions?  Call 1.866.999.3741 for details.


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