Rudy Escobar, 61, of Lansing, has made it his mission to educate everyone he meets about the dangers of diabetes. Escobar was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2002 and never took his health seriously. He said he neglected taking care of himself to the point that in 2014 his doctor was going to put him on insulin.
“For the first time in my life, I was scared,” he said. “I did the only thing I could think of and I went online to the American Diabetes Association website to gather information about this debilitating disease. It was there that I saw something about a bicycling event called ‘Tour de Cure,’ an event to help raise funds to stop diabetes. I said to myself, ‘I’m going to do that!’ I signed up that day not knowing how it was going to change my life. It’s been five years since that eventful day, and I consider it a blessing. It got me going in the right direction with my health and fitness.”
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He said he started cycling about 10 miles a day and with better eating habits lost 35 pounds within the first four months. He eventually added a fitness routine to his cycling workouts with great results. His doctor was even able to take him off high blood pressure medications.
“My fitness today is amazing,” he said. “I look good, I feel good, and people I know are amazed at my physical fitness. People are always telling me now I don’t look my age, and that’s a good thing.”
Escobar is so passionate about helping others with diabetes education he’s made it his new career.
“I am now launching into another phase of my life, speaking and educating diabetics on how they can get ahold of diabetes in their lives for the better, and as a motivational speaker, encouraging and inspiring others to believe in themselves,” he said. “My advice to any Type 2 diabetic is, decide that enough is enough, consult with your physician and get involved with other T2 diabetics for support. I invite all diabetics to join the fight and get involved in Tour De Cure 2019. You’ll be glad you did.”