Huber Heights man: “I thought I was healthy”

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Anthony Barwick worked out a few times a week and thought he was looking pretty good until he found out about the potentially life-threatening disease living inside of his body.

“I thought I was healthy,” the Huber Heights resident raised in Jefferson Twp. said. “I always thought  people with diabetes were people who were super obese or had obvious health (problems).”

Barwick was among the lucky.

There was more than one sign before it all came to a head and Barwick ended up in a hospital bed diagnosed with a diabetes in January.

He was chugging water and could barely see.

“My eyes got really blurry,” the Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School said. “It was pretty scary.”

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Sometimes diabetes comes without warning.

The community and economic development project leader for the Central State University Extension said many men ignore their health.

“We may have health insurance, but we don’t take advantage of it,” he said.

With the help of his colleague, Mary Kershaw, an extension program coordinator, Barwick launched  Men Take a Stand for Your Health, a community health fair directed toward men and their concerns that was held June 30.

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Men should take control of their health, he said.

“The whole point is to get men focused on health,” he said.

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Barwick said his diet has changed significantly since he discovered he was a diabetic.  He’s cut way, way back on the ice cream and switched to frozen yogurt.

He said he knows he is not immortal and is taking his health in his own hands.

I don’t have to be a diabetic. I can get off of it,” he said. “Men, we have to be serious out our health.”

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