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November is American Diabetes Month

Maybe you suffer from diabetes. Maybe you wish to make others aware of the disease, or wish to prevent it.  We’ve got some great news for you.  November is American Diabetes Month.

Symptoms-of-diabetesWhat is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a serious disease that is sadly, impacting more and more people. Type 1 diabetes is an immune disorder often diagnosed in those who are younger. The body attacks cells that create insulin; thus type 1 diabetics must take regular insulin supplements each day to survive.

Type 2 diabetes is also an insulin disorder, however it’s not the same immune disorder. The body has either quit producing enough insulin, or cells do not recognize the insulin that is produced. While family history is a significant indicator of the risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity has also been proven to be one of the largest causes of type 2 diabetes. A stationary lifestyle with a poor diet can lead to this type of diabetes.

Diabetes By The Numbers

Think diabetes is uncommon and can’t hit you or someone you know? Think again – the numbers of individuals with diabetes are growing. And if our nation can’t turn around our lifestyle and eating habits, these numbers are likely to go up and up:

  • Twenty-six million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
  • Seventy-nine million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion. (source)
  • Nearly 11 million adults over the age of 65 have the disease.
  • By 2050, 1 out of ever 3 American adults will have diabetes. (source)

Prevent Diabetes

As American Diabetes Month nears, make a commitment to learn more about the disease. Learn what it takes to prevent it.  Exercise 30 minutes a day and make sure you’re eating a healthy diet. Have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked to see if your numbers are high and put you at risk for diabetes. If you’ve not had your blood drawn for a while, consider having a wellness panel performed so you know if you’re at risk for diabetes, among other disorders. Walk-in clinics like ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City doesn’t require insurance or a co-pay.

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Take Advantage of Your Rec Center

It’s that time of year where school is going to pick up.  Classes will get more difficult.  Studying will get harder.  Motivation will dwindle, and sleep will diminish.  The stresses of college are evident, but there is a place where students can get away classes and relieve themselves of stress.  That place is the recreation center.

ASRFC on the KU Campus

The Ambler Student Recreation and Fitness Center offers KU students a multitude of ways to stay active, get their daily exercise, and socialize.  Some services to take advantage of are:

Weight-lifting-KU-recreation-center

Intramurals.  Not all of us can be stars at football or volleyball, and at KU, being a basketball star is probably out of the question (unless you’re actually on the team.) With sports like 3-on-3 basketball, flag football, volleyball, and ultimate frisbee, intramurals are a great way to hang out with friends, practice teamwork, and compete with peers.  Don’t miss out on your sport though. Put your team together and make sure you register on time for your sport.

Personal Training.  There are a number of packages students for students who wish to train with a personal trainer.  By focusing on you, a personal trainer will motivate you and help you set those short term and long term fitness goals.  Whatever you want to accomplish, a personal trainer will help you get there with a little guidance.

Fitness Classes.  Through the rec center, the university offers you a variety of classes designed to help you get in shape.  These classes include Total Fitness Boxing, Cycling, Weight Loss Training, and more.

Get to the Rec

Whether your thing is cycling, running, weight training, or just going to support your friends through their workout, the recreation center is a place for everyone.  You’ve just got to be motivated to get there.  If it helps, exercise is shown to reduce stress and improve sleep.

So go!

Are you making Progress?

We get it – our culture wants to see RESULTS! If you’re just now starting a workout regimen (or joining that intramural team) – come by ARCpoint Labs in Lawrence for a “before” test. We’ll run some labs on you as a “before” and then can do follow-up testing as you get into your new routine. In addition to your energy levels and seeing how your clothes fit, it’s a great way to determine if all of that hard work is WORKING!