The CLASSICAL symptoms of Diabetes (high blood sugar) are Polydipsia (excessive thirst), polyphagia (excessive appetite), and polyuria (excessive urination).  If this is your reality, please see a doctor!  Diabetes is nothing to play with, especially if you are sitting there contemplating on how to training yourself to be a runner.

Diabetes could rob the eyes out of your head.  Literally!  I’ve seen many loose some of their organs, eyesight (go blind), heart problems, hearing impairment, leg cramps,  leg or foot amputation…  The list may go on, but seriously, a runner needs to be… well, let’s say it may be better that you keep yourself well.  Running blind, or deaf, or with a diseased arteries (atherosclerosis) and heart, or with a dialysis machine following you on wheels, or without your legs–all devastating effects–could be challenging.  And if you are suffering all of the CLASSICAL symptoms mentioned above, you may find it very difficult to complete 50 meters before you are trying to find a port-a-potty or the bush (polyuria), knocking on a stranger’s door begging water (polydipsia), or trespassing on your neighbor territory and raiding their mango or avocado tree (polyphasia).

According to the American Diabetes Association (read by clicking here) DATA FROM THE 2011 NATIONAL DIABETES FACT SHEET (released Jan. 26, 2011)

Diagnosed: 18.8 million people

Undiagnosed: 7.0 million people (People already walking blind? Blind to their symptoms and the disease)

Prediabetes: 79 million people

New Cases: 1.9 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010

OYE!  Don’t be despaired by these stats.  You don’t necessarily have to be counted in this number.  We’re still talking about a disease that can be prevented and may be reversed through simple lifestyle changes, especially diabetes type 2.  Eat wholesome foods.  Move the body!  Work on slamming the door shut on stress.  And try to get along with folks–even that nosy neighbor.  If you are a runner, count your blessings and encourage others to treat their body well.  Tomorrow I run 12 miles for you and I.  Still trying to get the word out on preventable diseases and hoping to get a few more nurses interested in self-care.  Pray!  The latter is a serious challenge.