Many area cyclists will bike for a cure on Saturday May 18th. it's the madison area "tour de cure." riders are raising money to benefit the american diabetes association.
Diabetes is a disease on the rise here in the U.S., .but some people are taking steps to make sure they're not defined by the disease.
“OK, we are going to be doing a little boxing today,”
Troy Bollinger leads a healthy lifestyle. He's a personal trainer, an ultramarathoner, and a vegan. But Troy is also a diabetic.
“The kind of stereotype of type 2's is you're obese,”
When he was diagnosed eight years ago, he decided to make a change.
“I decided to get certified as a personal trainer and help people live healthier lives,” said Troy.
His mission to get fit not only changed his life, but Deb Taylor's life as well.
“I probably feel, I dont know about 100 times better,” said Taylor. Deb also has diabetes. She's been working out with troy for two years now and the change is evident.
“Everyday there's something new that I didnt think I could do, that I can do,” said Taylor.
“According to the CDC, this is the new epidemic,”
Diabetes educator Nancy O'Malley says more than 20 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. But she says there's no reason you can't fight back just like Troy and Deb.
“With type 2 diabetes, lifetsytle changes can make a big difference in postponing and maybe even preventing the onset of the disease,” said O'Malley.
“If you ignore it, it tends to come back to bite you,” she added.
“My father at a very early age was diagnosed with a very severe form of diabetes,” Del Henning has seen the devastation of the disease first hand. He was just 12 years old when his father died.
“He died at an early age of 47,” said Del.
Today, Del runs Williamson Bicycle Works in Madison. It's his way of promoting an active lifestyle to deter the onset of the disease.
“I feel its almost an obligation I have,” said Del. “It's something that I can do,”
Troy and Deb are still working because they know the fight against diabetes isn't over yet.
“I literally got into this because I thought exercise could help people live better lives and be healthier and it's showing,”