Camp Pendleton Mud Run

Hey there guys, for those who don’t know me, my name is Matt and I’m a registered nurse and as you can tell from this blog or from our Facebook Page you can see that I have an enormous fascination with fitness and health. Unless you’re close to me you’re probably not aware that I have another fascination for diabetes.

(The picture to the left is a picture of me from the 2009 Camp Pendleton Mud run that I did with a team. In addition to raising awareness for diabetes my goal is also to beat the prior team race time of 1:42:33.)

Diabetes is an interesting disease with two large sub-types. Insulin dependent and non-insulin dependent, other wise known as Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. With Type 1 diabetes the pancreas (which is responsible for producing insulin) does not make insulin or does not make enough insulin to adequately help the body get the sugar it needs for energy. With Type 2 diabetes, the person has diabetes but their body no longer responds effectively to the insulin their pancreas produces. The disease in the long run can lead to strokes, heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, limb amputations, and death (just to name a few).

Back in the end of January (and being in the best shape that I was in my life) I was all set up and ready to do the Southern California Super Spartan. Unfortunately I had to withdrawal from the race because of sudden abdominal surgery brought on by appendicitis. With no intentions of planning on doing a race any time soon Living Social threw a curve ball in my plans by offering the Camp Pendleton mud run for 50% off. So with less than for weeks to go (race date is June 2nd I’m giving my self that much time to train for it. I also thought I would make this race a little more interesting by getting involved with the American Diabetic Association. Through them I’m going to be seeing how much I can raise to support diabetes research.

Please check out the link to my diabetes page through the American Diabetes Assocition here:
Your Living Body at American Diabetes Association

If you are able to donate even just $1 to my cause it would be more than appreciated. If you are unable to, all that I can ask is that you pass the link along to your friends along with the link to our website and help get the word out about diabetes and please like us on Facebook.

How’s the race prep going so far? Head over here to find out.

Facts about diabetes:
1. Diabetes kills more Americans each year than AIDS and breast cancer combined (1).
2. If current trends continue, one in three children will develop diabetes (1).
3. According to the CDC, more than 26 million have Americans (2).
4. According to the ADA, more than 79 million Americans are pre-diabetic (2).
5. From 1980-2011 the percentage of people diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled in the United States (2).
6. The risk of death for a person with diabetes is twice that for a person without diabetes (2).
7. Type two diabetes is the most common cause of diabetes and it can be prevented through physical activity and a healthy diet (3).

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1. http://americandiabetesassociation
2. http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/DDTSTRS/default.aspx
3. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs312/en/index.html