Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes is a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors appear to play roles.
Cost of Diabetes
o Direct medical costs reach $176 billion, and the average medical expenditure among people with diabetes is 2.3 times higher than those without the disease.
o Indirect costs amount to $69 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality).
American Diabetes Association
The purpose of the Red Rider program is to support everyone who lives with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and showcase the courage it takes to live every day with this difficult disease. It's time to celebrate those with diabetes who get on their bikes and ride! The Tour de Cure recognizes riders with diabetes as the heroes on the day of the event!
Being a Red Rider means...That you are not alone. With hundreds of riders who may share a similar story, and hundreds more to support you, being a Red Rider can help with your first step or your millionth- in your fight to live a healthier life!
We are thrilled to highlight Red Rider, Chris. Chris and all our Red Riders remind us why all of our hard work with fundraising is so important. Every dollar raised helps us get that much closer to our mission; to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The funds raised through Tour de Cure support advocacy, research and education efforts in Oregon and Southwest Washington.MEET CHRIS!
"I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 20 years ago. Diabetes impacts so many of us in such a negative way. If I had known how to prevent it a long time ago, I might not have lost my mother when she was just 53 years old and I might not have it myself. I'm proud today to be able to say I've almost completely reversed my diabetes - but I'm not there yet. I've taken up cycling as my primary exercise. I started riding my bike 3 miles around my neighborhood. Two years later, in 2014, I rode my first century (100 miles) in Tour de Cure. And this year I am riding in my third Tour de Cure. Last year I rode my bike over 7,000 miles - every one of them was another milestone in taking back my health.I started this journey in July 2011, weighing 434 pounds. Today I've lost 175 pounds and am well on my way to recapturing my health. The key for me has been to track every single thing I eat by using the application MyFitnessPal. This keeps me conscious and aware of every calorie before I consume it. Personal accountability keeps me motivated and on track.I always thought it was too late, but it's definitely not! It's never too late. I encourage everyone to start where they are and build from there. Eat less - move more. Simple, but definitely not easy." - Chris, Red Rider
We are thrilled to highlight Red Rider, Betsy. Betsy and all our Red Riders remind us why all of our hard work with fundraising is so important. Every dollar raised helps us get that much closer to our mission; to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The funds raised through Tour de Cure support advocacy, research and education efforts in Oregon and Southwest Washington.MEET BETSY!"Why I ride?!
I weighed 392 at my heaviest. I was a Type 2 Diabetic taking 3 shots a day and a handful of other prescriptions meds. This went on for almost 10 years.
July of 2011 I decided I was done. I was ready to do whatever I had to do to change. I was ready to LIVE. And be healthy.
I am now 46, weigh 165 and I am no longer a Type 2 diabetic. I started this whole process of changing my lifestyle to see if I could REALLY reverse Type 2 diabetes.I no longer just wanted to survive with something that I was being told I had the chance to reverse. And I had to try to reverse it since I hadn't paid attention over the years when they warned me to change my ways...
We with T2 have at least a shot at trying to reverse the disease.
I started eating less, eating healthier and moving more. That's it. That's what I have done to the best of my ability the last 1,200+ days. It's been a lot of hard work, but so, so, so worth it!
I am PROUD to ride and raise money for this great organization and for my 3rd Tour de Cure for several reasons
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