Experience an extraordinary life with diabetes
(BPT) - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one in 10 Americans is living with diabetes and one in three adults could have diabetes by 2050. While every case requires an individual treatment plan, with the right attitude and management, people living with diabetes have an opportunity to overcome the challenges they face.
Stephen Richert, a mountain climber and founder of LivingVertical, is an example of someone who embraced his diabetes diagnosis head-on to push himself beyond what most people thought was possible for a person living with diabetes. When he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 16, Richert made a conscious decision to learn all he could about diabetes so that he could continue to pursue his passions. He did not let his diagnosis stop him from achieving the extraordinary. Since then Richert has been sending a powerful message of inspiration through his organization and lifestyle to those living with diabetes.
“When I learned I had diabetes, I made a choice to not let it take control of me. My diagnosis inspired me to find a way to push my limits through climbing - which came into my life right around my diagnosis - since I was told that I may never be able to safely do that,” Richert says. “I wanted to rewrite the terms of what having diabetes means - what we can and can’t do.”
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