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      Health Check: Tour de Cure

      Scott Petrin started riding a bicycle a fewyears ago.

      "I was just about 270 pounds when Istarted riding," he said.

      And he had diabetes.

      "Four miles was the furthest I couldgo," Petrin said.

      Now down more than 40 pounds, cycling 100miles is nothing to him.

      "It's helped me with my fight withdiabetes. My insulin's been lowered drastically. I don't have to take any morecardiac medications," he said.

      Then there's Ryan Noonan. He calls himselfthe diabetic cyclist.

      Noonan was diagnosed with diabetes as achild. But when he grew older he was going out a lot.

      "I was partying, not taking care ofmyself," Noonan said.

      At 230 pounds and in poor health, he alsotook up cycling.

      "Cycling keeps down the amount ofinsulin I'm taking daily. It keeps me in good shape," he said.

      Noonan has lost more than 70 pounds. Noonan,Petrin and hundreds of others, are gearing up for the American DiabetesAssociation's Tour de Cure cycling event in June.

      "The Tour de Cure is great. When I started riding four yearsago it was more about riding the bike and proving to myself as a diabetic thatI can do it. When I got to the tour I did not expect the amount of diabeticsthat I saw and seeing the wide range of ages, seeing children 5 yearsold riding for diabetes, riding with diabetes. It's just amazing to see," Petrinsaid.

      Event sponsor UnitedHealthcare has a team. John Schorum isriding for a cause.

      "It isn't a race. It's a ride and we're encouraging people tocome out and ride. Distances are from seven miles to 100 miles," he said.

      The Tour De Cure will be held on June 2, and starts atNarragansett High School.

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