Doug is on a 5-month journey running across the country to create diabetes awareness. Like me, he is a normal guy who just happens to live with type 1 diabetes. The coolest thing about his challenge is that he will be the first type 1 to ever complete this amazing and inspiring endurance challenge. This is Doug’s story;
Doug Masiuk & 1Run
1Run formed out of Doug’s frustration with the diabetes epidemic that continues to grow nationally and globally.
He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of three. Doug learned the hard way that you either own it (diabetes) or it will own you. His journey to better health and managing this disease began in 2008, when he put on a pair of sneakers and ran across a school parking lot—then collapsed. The next day he ran a little further.
It all started with one step, one run. Diabetes, one of the fastest growing chronic illnesses in the country, is manageable and in regards to type 2 diabetes can be prevented if people make healthy choices. Diabetes can have devastating effects for one’s quality of life and the healthcare system. Families supporting a loved one face financial hardship. These consequences can be dramatically reduced if people are willing to change what they eat and how often they move.
The mission if 1Run is to show those living with diabetes that they never have to use the condition as an excuse not to do amazing things. To inspire healthy lifestyle choices among diabetics and pre-diabetics.
I asked Doug what inspired him to take on this challenge. I had thought he would mention being the first type 1 to accomplish this feat. Quite the contrary, his main focus seemed to want to reach out to the more common form of diabetes, the type 2 diabetic. “Because diabetes is a huge problem, things need to change. Every 5 seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with diabetes be it type 1 or type 2. I’m running to tell those who are overweight, inactive, basically people who are pre-diabetic, or have a history of diabetes in their families that it is never too late to change, change how you live your life”.
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