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Health Is A Choice

  • 2/3 of Americans are overweight or obese.
  • 1/2 of this group is obese.
  • 4 out of 5 men are overweight or obese.

Last week I listened to an interview on the TV while running on a treadmill at the club and it mentioned that diabetics spend $6500 on health care per year! I am sure most of that is covered by insurance (assuming you have it) but even if you pay 20% out of your own pocket, that comes to $1300 per year. No small change.

This morning I listened to a Natural News podcast that interviewed Jack Challem on Pre-diabetes.

Here is some of the disturbing tidbits from the interview:

  • 20 million type-2 diabetics today.
  • 100 million with pre-diabetes.
  • 1 million each year moving from pre-diabetes to diabetes.
  • Children are acquiring diseases typically seen only in adults.

This information is quite staggering but there is hope with some basic lifestyle changes that Mr. Challem mentions such as better eating habits, nutritional supplementation, and exercise. He also mentions to eliminate or reduce consumption of processed foods, high fructose corn syrup, and trans fats (hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated oils).

Health at its purest form is not complicated but you do need to exert energy and attention to your lifestyle choices. Unconscious living must stop!

Most of this information is preaching to the choir for those that read this blog. Be grateful for however you got involved in endurance sports and don’t be afraid to introduce others into the sport we enjoy. It has changed the course of many peoples lives for the better. Mine included!

Happy Training!

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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