Athlete Proves Diabetes Doesn’t Have to Slow You Down
Ironman Triathlete Shares His Inspiring Story of Staying Active while Living with Diabetes
Roughly 26 million Americans are living with diabetes and an additional 79 million are estimated to have pre-diabetes – or the early form of the disease. These are staggering numbers and, unfortunately, they continue to rise.
Despite being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes himself, Jay Hewitt pushes his body to its limits. As an Ironman triathlete and member of the U.S. National Triathlon Team, Jay is living proof that an active lifestyle is not only possible for those with diabetes, it also helps keep the disease under control.
On Thursday, June 6, Dean Clinic, St. Mary’s Hospital and the American Diabetes Association invite you to listen to Jay Hewitt tell his inspirational story of how he became the first athlete with type 1 diabetes to qualify for the U.S. National Triathlon Team. Hear how he learned to manage his disease and become a world-class competitor.
"I respect my diabetes, but I will not surrender to it,” says Hewitt. “Racing an Ironman triathlon requires discipline and determination, with proper nutrition and exceptional fitness. If I can race the Ironman triathlon on the US National Team with type 1 diabetes, then I hope people will see that they can control diabetes in their own lives."
This event is free and open to the public. Please join us Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Hospital Conference Center, Bay 1. Space is limited, so an RSVP is preferred. Please call (608) 250-1087 or email Jennifer.Ellestad@deancare.com to RSVP.
This event is presented by Novo Nordisk.