Diabetes has silently reached epidemic proportions, creeping its way into our lives and stealing precious moments with our loved ones. Edwin A. Velarde was born in Manila, Philippines, a city with 16% diabetes rate, and watched helplessly as aunts, uncles, parents, grandparents suffered horrible complications of heart attack, amputation, renal failure. Velarde received his own shocking diabetes diagnosis at age 29 – but this was more serious than he ever imagined. Velarde’s Type 1 diabetes forced him to change his lifestyle immediately.
Cycling, a low-carbohydrate lifestyle and Velarde’s wife, Cristina, have been gifts as he developed a focused regimen that maintains his 6.2 A1C while reducing his insulin needs by 85%. Velarde believes people should fight every day to prevent type 2 diabetes and its complications, not wait to see a doctor until their vision begins to fail or their feet tingle.
From May 30-June 8, 2017, Velarde will pedal his bike from Chicago to Atlanta, through America’s Diabetes Belt in an 800-mile epic challenge. His fight against diabetes is strong and his purpose simple: for people to listen to his story, live a lifestyle that prevents diabetes, and make contribution to the @amdiabetesassn that supports local programs.
Velarde 's uplifting spirit and crucial items are represented in this portrait: his bike, his insulin kit, and his healthy diet. These items will help his Epic Journey Through America’s Diabetes Belt. Let’s all give it up for Velarde as he pedals his way through Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky,Tennessee and Georgia! #theuplifted