GOING THE DISTANCE FOR DIABETES

Saratoga Tour de Cure "Red Riders" go the distance to raise funds to help prevent and cure diabetes.
Saratoga Tour de Cure “Red Riders” go the distance to raise funds to help prevent and cure diabetes.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, so now is a good time to talk about it.

Already considered a leading U.S. health crisis, this disease is affecting a growing number of Americans annually, from young children to seniors…Including celebrities like Paula Dean, Tom Hanks, and Halle Berry.

The American Diabetes Association’s most recent statistics (from January 2011) show that a total 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3% of the population—are living with diabetes. This astounding figure can only have increased in the past couple of years. Equally alarming is the fact that diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death by disease in the United States.

Let’s have a quick overview of this epidemic disease—or rather, diseases. Basically, diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced. According to the Mayo Clinic, out of the several types of diabetes that exist there are two main ones: Type 1 and Type 2.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that commonly develops in children and teens. In type 1 diabetes, the body’s own immune system destroys cells in the pancreas, so little if any insulin is made. People with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin daily.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form and usually develops in adults. However because we’re seeing more overweight/obese children and teens, the incidence of type 2 diabetes is increasing and being diagnosed in younger patients. Type 2 occurs when your body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin or doesn’t make enough insulin. While some people can manage type 2 diabetes with diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes, others may require medication or insulin.

Along with a host of other issues, diabetics can develop severe and extremely painful neuropathy. The most common is peripheral neuropathy, which typically affects feet and legs first, followed by hands and arms. Peripheral neuropathy is characterized by painful numbing, burning, tingling, and jabbing sensations. It can be torturously debilitating.

We are humbled that Topricin is safe for diabetics and patented for the topical treatment of pain associated with neuropathy. Our Lou Paradise says, “Topricin Foot Therapy Cream addresses peripheral neuropathic pain and neuroma, and is soothing and healing to the skin. Importantly, it also reduces the need/dependency for all classifications of oral pain medications, including opiates.”

We are committed to helping restore hope and quality of life to pain sufferers, and also to raising awareness of diabetes and helping support the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in its mission to put prevent and cure the disease. That’s why we’re delighted to be partnering with our regional chapter of the ADA in Albany.

Our Lou and Aurora helped the Albany Chapter kickoff Diabetes Awareness Month at its 15th annual Diabetes Community Forum by participating in its Health & Wellness Fair, discussing healthy lifestyle choices and pain management options with attendees. The busy fair also featured cooking demonstrations and free health screenings including blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, foot screening and diabetes risk assessment, followed by a panel discussion by experts in diabetic care and education.

This past season we had the pleasure of teaming teamed up with the ADA’s Saratoga 2013 Tour de Cure as a “RED RIDER” Sponsor (a Red Rider is a participant who has Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes). The Tour de Cure is the ADA’s annual cycling event that raises money to help change the future of diabetes and help stop its devastating complications. The Saratoga 2013 Tour de Cure attracted volunteer riders from New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont, and raised more than $1 million, making it the second largest fund raising ADA chapter in the country for 2013.

We are extending our sponsorship to the Saratoga 2014 Tour de Cure, and are forming Team Topricin to ride in the event, which will be held on June 1, 2014, in Saratoga Springs, NY. We hope you’ll consider sponsoring one of our riders—or, if you live in the region, joining our Team Topricin as a Rider!

Here is a link for more information:  http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/TourAdmin?pg=entry&fr_id=9347

And here’s a link to register to join Team Topricin:  www.teamtopricin.com.  We’ll even pay the registration fee for the first 100 people who sign up!

We are pleased to join forces with the American Diabetes Association in the fight to Stop Diabetes and help raise critical funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy…and hope you will help support the cause by pledging or riding!  Together, we can go the distance!

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