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From Skinny Kid to Mr. Universe

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  • Very inspiring, although I had an aunt who was diagnosed type 1 in the 1930's. I think things were considerably harder for her. - 7/9/2014 9:56:30 PM
  • wow! good job, well done! - 7/6/2014 8:11:45 PM
  • How inspiring. - 5/7/2014 9:03:26 AM
  • Inspiring. I am on the road to better fitness now too. I am 68 and started training and watching my fat, carb, and calorie intake 8 weeks ago. When I started I was 218 lbs and 44.5 inches at the waist. Right now I am 199 and 43.25 inches. My long term goal is 168 lbs and 34 inch waist. I hope to achieve these goals by Jun 25, 2014 in time for my 50th year high school reunion. In high school when I graduated I was 135 lbs. By 70 I hope to achieve 24 inch arms which are now 14 inches. That is what my son is waiting to see. Here is hoping. - 3/4/2014 4:21:18 PM
  • Great story! Very inspirational! And there's actually a MAN in this video! This website needs to be geared towards men, too! Just saying. - 2/3/2014 5:18:14 PM
  • Forgot - the swim is to benefit people with diabetes. - 11/10/2013 6:44:33 PM
  • I agree, stories like Doug's and Team Novo Nordisk (professional cycling, triathlon, and running teams - formerly known as Team Type 1) are very inspirational, but not within reach for the majority. I met a woman some years ago - she had gestational diabetes. After she gave birth she wanted to get in shape and live healthier - she started to run and train for a marathon. When she ran her first half marathon she ended up in the hospital with leto-acidosis ... and was diagnosed with Type one diabetes. The marathon she trained for did not happen - but six month later she ran her first marathon. Since then her diabetes is in control and she is running on a regular basis as a part of her diabetes management. Taking on the challenge of running (or walk for that matter) a marathon or half marathon is within the reach of many more than becoming Mr. Universe.

    I continue to be pre diabetic (Type 2) but have managed to stay off medication, by living a very active lifestyle. In fact that was what my PCP and i talked about a week ago. And because of that I am considering training for a 2.25 mile swim in July 2014.

    Recently I heard a comment ... food for thought ... "Type 2 diabetes is a slow moving health tsunami" ... my comment to that - through active lifestyle many of us can minimize the impact of this tsunami and make it a tropical storm. For many Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle illness that may be prevented through active lifestyle. - 11/10/2013 6:43:23 PM
  • Great story!!! Just shows what determination can do!
    Will they ever find a cure for diabetes? I have always felt that is one health problem that should be on the top of the list for finding a cure. - 9/30/2013 8:49:07 PM
  • Woo Hoo!!! Winners are role models for the rest of us! Congratulations!!
    ! You are a winner! - 9/22/2013 11:08:11 PM
  • This was a great story...Loved it - 9/14/2013 1:01:55 PM
  • Loved this! - 8/15/2013 9:45:41 AM
  • Really great. It's good when the whole family join in. - 8/4/2013 5:15:42 PM
  • Awesome! I loved that his children & their friends were so proud of him. and that he reaches out to help others with Diabetes-what an Inspiration! - 7/24/2013 1:09:38 AM
  • Doug you are very inspiring! You proved to us that we should never give up on our dreams. Thank you! - 7/14/2013 3:54:02 PM
  • Amazing, without a doubt a great role model for all of us, Gives me hope that our body can change for the better. Best of luck Doug - 7/11/2013 9:13:57 AM