Tour De Cure: Riding to stop diabetes

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Thousands hopped on their bikes at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the annual Tour De Cure bike ride.  The ride raises money and awareness for diabetes research.  The event welcomed riders of all ages and abilities.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin.  According to the American Diabetes Association, the cause of diabetes is still unknown but genetics and environmental factors play a role.

Nearly 29 million people have diabetes across the country, and 750,000 people in Indiana.  However, one of the biggest problems with the disease is that nearly one in four cases goes isn’t diagnosed according to Jennifer Pferrer, executive director American Diabetes Association.

“If you are carrying a few extra pounds or physically inactive, if you are African American or of Native  American  decent, then you are at risk for developing type two diabetes,” said Pferrer.

Pferrer says maintaining a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet are two ways of staying ahead of diabetes.

“We want people who live with diabetes to know that there is hope. We want them to live a long healthy life with diabetes and today is really about inspiration for those people,” said Pferrer.

Nearly 1,400 riders participated and about $700,000 was raised.  Each participant was required to raise a minimum of $200.

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