Thursday, November 5, 2009

Spin-A-Thon Supports Type II Diabetes Prevention

About 7.8 percent or 23.6 million citizens in the U.S. have some form of diabetes, according to the 2007 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, which is the most recent data available. Many of those cases are caused by genetics and other circumstances. But, said manager of the local American Diabetes Association Melinda Henderson, a growing number of type 2 cases are caused by unhealthy lifestyles and may be preventable. ‘For a lot of people, especially in this area, inactivity is one of the big things,’ Henderson said. Stressing that not all type 2 diabetes can be prevented with diet and exercise, Henderson said forming habits of watching TV and eating in one’s free time can eventually push one’s insulin ‘out of whack.’ Through the worldwide burn-a-thon and a spin-a-thon that’s taking place locally, Gold’s Gym is working to raise $5,000 in Midland Saturday and an additional $3,000 throughout the remainder of November — Diabetes Awareness Month, Binder said. Several Gold’s Gyms nationwide hold bike rides to benefit the American Diabetes Association, but for gyms that don’t participate Binder said they’re holding stationery rides or spin-a-thons to benefit the same cause.”

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