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Diabetes: Dance your numbers down.

One of the biggest killers in the nation is lurking inside of  our bodies.  The enemy takes his strength in ignorance and denial.  This silent killer goes by the name of diabetes.   Warning; “DO NOT IGNORE IT!!!”

This is where my healthcare training kicks in.  I have seen first hand the damages that can occur with this disease. It can go undetected for years! Diabetes has increased in the American population and should be cause for concern:

  • 29.1 million people in the USA have diabetes (8.1 million of whom may be undiagnosed and unaware that they have the disease).

  • In adults 20 and older, more than 1 in every 10 suffer from diabetes

  • In seniors over 65, more than 1 in 4 suffer from diabetes

  • Men are at slightly higher risk than women of developing diabetes

  • Research suggests that 1 out of 3 adults have pre-diabetes. Of this group, 90% DON’T KNOW that they have pre-diabetes.

And these are just a few of the statistics out there! The prevalence of Type 2 diabetes among African Americans is the second highest of all the ethnic groups at 13.2% (Asian American at 9%, Hispanics at 12.8% and Native Americans at an alarming 33%).

In order to fight this disease, it is imperative to educate yourself.  The bull must be grabbed by the horns and wrestled down, no mercy! What is diabetes, you ask? Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body’s inability to produce any or enough insulin causes elevated levels of glucose in the blood.  Put bluntly, the body can’t burn the sugar in the blood and it accumulates to the point of making you sick. Now that you know what it is, how do you recognize it? There are a list of a few signs & symptoms that can give it away:

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue

  • Excessive thirst

  • Excessive urination

  • Increased urination at night

  • Sore throat that won’t heal

  • Blurred vision

  • Difficulty concentrating

If any of these signs & symptoms are experienced, see your healthcare provider in order to be tested. Undetected, diabetes leads to complications such as ketoacidosis, eyes, kidneys, heart and or nerve damage.  Amputations, difficulties for the body to heal, increased incidence in respiratory infections and more are just a few of the, hell on earth, consequences that one has to deal with when dealing with uncontrolled diabetes.  

Now for the good news in all this!!! Once detected, control it. As simple as that.  And one of the least expensive and most effective way to control this monster is through physical activity. It doesn’t matter what you do, move!

I offer you Afrofit™ as one of the solutions.  How does it work? It is simple; as the muscles require more energy (sugar) to burn, it will use what is in excess first and then go for the fat.  With this sequence engaged, the glucose (sugar) is getting help to be processed in the absence or lack of insulin.  I say:”Dance your numbers down!”

Afrofit™ offers a combination of so many Afrocentric dance movements blended in a cardio routine that a regular regimen of it will assist in lowering blood glucose and, long term, hemoglobin A1C.  Each session of Afrofit™ helps burn between 700 to 1000 calories (depending on the intensity in which the routines are executed).  Basic African dance movements involve so many muscle groups at various levels, I guarantee you that the simplest movement in appearance will have you sweating and breathing hard! Now combine a regular weekly session of Afrofit™ with other activities, a sensible diet, plenty of water and adequate rest and you have a winning combination to start and continue controlling diabetes (or pre-diabetes).  

The benefits that Afrofit™ will bring go beyond the physical angle of lowering your blood sugar.  It will touch different aspects of self satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. The mind and the heart is opened to a whole other world of Afrocentric music influences. The emotions are connected to the roots of a culture. The body experiences through different windows, the joy of African base body movement in all its splendor and diversity!  In one hour of Afrofit, awareness, education and empowerment blends in and fuses with the energy level to produce an explosive workout!

So go ahead and dance your numbers down! Aroooo!!!!

Natacha Zamor CEO
TampaBay Afrofit Inc.

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