Jay is 9 years old and Daniel is 37 years old. What is amazing about this father and son Batman and Robin like “dynamic duo” is that they both have extreme type 2 diabetes. What makes their situation even more acute is that they don’t have to take shots every day like many type 2 diabetics, their condition is so serious that they both wear an insulin pump and have to monitor their energy level and insulin level very regularly.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes prevents the body from properly metabolizing sugar from food and using it as fuel in the body's cells. When you digest food, most of it is broken down into glucose, a type of sugar. The glucose is then transported in the blood to individual cells to burn for energy. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, is needed to get the glucose into the cells — like a key that opens a door. In the average person, the body automatically senses how much glucose is in the bloodstream and releases the right amount of insulin. In diabetes, the pancreas doesn't make enough insulin, or the cells are resistant to the insulin, or both. As a result, the amount of glucose in the blood climbs too high while the cells starve for energy. Diabetes and cardiovascular disease often go hand-in-hand. Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke than people without diabetes. In fact, about 68 percent of people with diabetes die of heart disease or stroke — one more factor that makes cardiovascular disease the most common cause of death in both men and women. Monitoring and managing blood sugar (glucose) levels is the key to diabetes treatment. And in fact, the majority of diabetes complications result from elevated blood sugar levels. As you can imagine, Jay and Daniel Burtenshaw monitor their insulin levels regularly and dad is constantly on the watch to make sure that his son is doing well and not experiencing any problems.
Jay and Daniel (Batman and Robin) enrolled in martial arts at Personal Mastery Martial Arts in February of 2012 so they could take part in a family activity together. Dad wanted to teach his son that proper nutrition, proper exercise and personal discipline would be the key to keeping his diabetes under control and lead to a long, healthy and happy life. Leading by example, DAD always makes sure that they are getting to class 2-3 times a week. Class at first was very hard, constantly having to check their blood sugar level to make sure that it was maintained at a healthy level.
Since beginning classes the Burtenshaw’s have gotten in better shape. Exercising helps blood sugar stay where it needs to be and they said that this martial arts program helps them to stay active with a healthy life style. Not only have they created a healthier life style for themselves, they also have developed a strong sense of personal self confidence. Jay and Daniel have developed an incredible “I Can” attitude –regarding diabetes and regarding rock solid self confidence and knowing they can defend themselves.
Martial arts has provided Jay and Daniel with a consistent form of exercise that keeps their body toned and mind focused at all times. Jay is consistently maturing at home and now he is very good at only having to be asked once to do his chores or his homework. He has developed the self discipline to only have to be asked once to do something and the discipline and self control to eat healthier meals which helps regulate insulin levels.
In short the Burtenshaw, “Dynamic Duo” is nothing less than amazing! We are very proud of you for your dedication to personal excellence and leading a healthy lifestyle. You are a true inspiration to others with medical concerns or personal issues who have always wanted to take on a challenge like earning their black belt but just didn’t do it.
Keep it up!
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