Dan Wooldridge has always been an athletic man.
The retired referee, former ODAC commissioner and supervisor of the Big East conference had spent much of his career running up and down basketball courts and football fields. So when he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about five years ago, he was stunned.
“I had never been a sickly person,” said Wooldridge, 79. “ I was in shock when I was told ‘Hey, you’d better really change the way you’re doing things.’”
According to the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, the most recent comprehensive set of data about the disease, about 26 million Americans (more than 8 percent of the population) have diabetes and 79 million have pre-diabetes (see the infobox for definitions).
Martie Slaughter, a certified diabetes educator with Carilion Clinic’s Diabetes Management Program, said many newly diagnosed patients feel overwhelmed. She and her colleague, Kate Jones, work to help diabetics take control of their health so the disease does not control them.
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