Many NASCAR® fans are impacted by diabetes, which affects nearly 30 million people nationwide. By providing inspiration, tools and resources, the Drive to Stop Diabetes® campaign strives to empower Americans with diabetes to persevere and actively manage their disease so they can still live well. Drive to Stop Diabetes is presented by Lilly Diabetes in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association® and Ryan's Mission, Ryan Reed's nonprofit organization.
Looking to activate Drive to Stop Diabetes in your area? Find the American Diabetes Association office nearest you and use our simple, do-it-yourself online tools to raise money to support the Association. No matter what you use — a car, truck, motorcycle, BMX bike or your legs — you can turn your next race or event into a fundraiser to help Drive to Stop Diabetes.
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The face of this campaign is none other than NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ryan Reed, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 17. Despite his diagnosis, Ryan was able to realize his dream of becoming a professional race car driver just a few short years later by working closely with his doctor to manage his diabetes with proper nutrition and treatment.
Just as his racing career was reaching new heights, Ryan was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and told he would never race again. Determined to continue on, Ryan found Anne Peters, MD, of the USC Clinical Diabetes Program, who confirmed that with hard work, he could still reach his dreams. Ryan is driven to be a role model for the diabetes community. His nonprofit organization, Ryan's Mission, aims to raise awareness and empower others to get involved in this important fight and take steps to live an active, healthy life.
"In 2011 I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and was told I would never race again. By working with my doctor and adopting healthy habits, I have been able to follow my dreams — and you can too! Taking Ryan's Challenge means taking care of yourself, talking with your doctor about diabetes management and reaching out to family and friends for encouragement and support.
"Take steps to lead an active, healthy life with diabetes — then challenge your loved ones to do it too. These tools and resources will help you get there."-
Staying active, eating well, taking medication and working with your health care team—managing diabetes can be challenging and complex. These resources are here to help you persevere and lead a healthy, well-rounded life with the disease.
Ryan Reed makes driving with diabetes look easy, but getting behind the wheel requires taking safety precautions. For example, be sure to carry a medical alert ID and check your blood glucose before you start driving. Learn more important tips with these resources.
Newly diagnosed? Sign up for the Living With Type 2 Diabetes program. With this free 12-month program, you'll receive informational packets to help you learn to live well with diabetes, tasty and healthy recipes, 6 free issues of Diabetes Forecast magazine — and more!
Choosing what to eat is an important part of your day — especially if you are managing diabetes. Recipes for Healthy Living is a FREE resource from the American Diabetes Association, created to make eating healthy easier for you.