HEALTH: Managing Diabetes in Pro Wrestling
According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2012, 29.1 million Americans had diabetes. 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed every year.
Also according to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes was the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2010.
There is a stereotype that everybody in professional wrestling is so jacked-up and healthy that they couldn’t possibly have health issues. This stereotype, like many others, is false.
Those in the professional wrestling industry are not immune to diseases such as diabetes. In fact, in this article we will take a look at three individual cases of personalities in the industry battling diabetes.
Jesse Hernandez, Jacob Tarasso, and myself have all been diagnosed with diabetes. Hernandez is a retired pro wrestler and referee, turned promoter (Empire Wrestling Federation). Jacob Tarasso is an active professional wrestler. I am a play by play commentator.
Hernandez was diagnosed with Type-II Diabetes in 1992 when he went in for a drivers license for a city job. Tarasso’s diagnosis came at age 15 when lab results showed sugar in his urine. My diagnosis was in July 2010 after lab tests.
Symptoms that I was told to look out for were frequent thirst, increased fatigue, and blurred vision.
» CHECK YOUR BLOOD SUGAR
Make sure to check your blood sugar levels so you know how to plan accordingly, and take appropriate steps in either bringing up levels or bringing them down.
Tarasso now has a portable meter to check his blood sugar, at which he checks it before breakfast and dinner.
“I check my levels everyday before breakfast, Continue reading