Jeff Yalden’s Life-Changing Diagnosis: Two Weeks Later

Two weeks ago, youth motivational speaker, Jeff Yalden, was confronted with some pretty frightening news.  The doctor looked at him and made a statement that would change his life forever: “Jeff, you have diabetes, and if you don’t lose weight… you’re going to die.” Jeff was told that his blood pressure was an alarming 152/112, and he had accumulated a weight of 340 pounds.  While much of this weight was due to Jeff’s athletic body stature, it was still enough to make Jeff’s heart work much harder than it should be.

At this point, many people would have given up and believed that they had become stuck in a tunnel with no end.  However, as the number one youth motivational speaker, Jeff truly lives by the words that he preaches, and he set out to change his life and turn his health around.  He describes his diagnosis of diabetes as “the best day in [his] life” and a “wake up call” that saved his life.

Jeff’s days now include his new P90X workout series and a whopping 5 miles of walking every day!  He is determined to restore his health to its former glory and even hopes to overcome his diagnosis of diabetes.  Ridding oneself of diabetes is not entirely impossible. Jeff asked his doctor, “If I lose the weight on my own, can I rid myself of diabetes?”  While this is an uncommon feat, she did respond, “Maybe…”  If there is one person in this world that could rid himself of diabetes, it would be someone that inspired millions, raised two daughters as a teen father, and is a veteran of our military.


Two weeks later, Jeff is already successfully turning his health around.  He feels “on top of the world” and has more energy than ever.  Even more astounding, he has managed to lose 10 lbs in two weeks and lower his blood pressure to a much better 148/90 at a time of the year when most people are gaining weight!  Jeff is determined and knows that if he does not take action, it could mark the end of his speaking career.  Jeff was truly concerned that at the age of 41, his life could come to an abrupt stop through a heart attack or stroke if he did not take action.

Diabetes is becoming a MAJOR problem in the U.S. as fast food becomes the norm and exercise comes to a halt.  A whopping 8.3 percent of the U.S. population is already suffering from diabetes, and a terrifying 79 million people already have prediabetes (higher than normal glucose levels).  Even as a student in a rural area (where many people are employed in hard labor), I watch as many of my older family members and even one of my friends in high school are diagnosed with diabetes.

Unfortunately, many of the unhealthy habits that people carry on throughout their lives begin in their teenage years.  Chips and soda have replaced salads and water; to the majority of people, calories are just another number printed on the box.  Many people overeat for pleasure and make excuses for their unhealthy habits.

As Jeff says in many of his speeches, it is crucial to have a balance between one’s body, mind, and spirit.  Jeff is determined to lose 100 pounds this year and says to his family, friends, and fans, “I want to thank each and every one of you that have showed me [your] support and encouragement… You’ve touched my heart.”

If you are already suffering from diabetes or a higher than normal glucose level, Jeff challenges you to join him in conquering it and turn your life around today!  A few miles a day and a balanced diet could make the difference between an unhealthy, dangerous lifestyle and a stronger, more energetic one!

When youth motivational speaker, Jeff Yalden, is confronted with a problem in life, he faces it head-on.  To help the students in your area face life, please visit today and book him at your school or event!


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Author:Brandon Schmuck, Teen Blogger for Youth Speaker, Jeff Yalden

“I want to put a ding in the universe.” Brandon Schmuck is a senior class president at Rockwood Area High School. He is an ambitious teen with a dream: to change the world. He plans on majoring in electrical and computer engineering and gaining a background in speaking, writing, business, and the arts. He dreams of becoming an influential business leader and changing the lives of millions through his words and products. He is inspired by his parents and his two younger sisters to be all that he can. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar as part of his high school’s jazz band and hitting up the greens during the summer. He loves to write and express his opinion and is an active member of student congress, speech, and Future Business Leaders of America. Online, he has an active presence as a teen blogger for youth motivational speaker, Jeff Yalden, and operates his own personal blog. He enjoys having an impact on those around him and is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, SADD, and Spanish Honor Society, where he helps at local food drives and school events. Brandon was first inspired by Jeff’s words at Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, where he heard him as a guest speaker. After hearing him, he knew that he had to bring him to his area. Despite the small size of his school, Brandon managed to gather the funding to bring him, while arranging for a neighboring school to come hear him also. Jeff’s words had an enormous impact on his school; students there were inspired to live their lives to the fullest and make the right decisions. Every day as he walks through the halls, he sees the impact that Jeff’s visit had on the students, as many of them continue to carry his messages with them by wearing his t-shirts. Prior to Jeff’s visit, Brandon published an article on his personal blog and his school’s website, describing what he had heard during Jeff’s speech at PFEW and how he managed to raise the funding for his visit. After reading it, Jeff hired Brandon as a teen blogger. Brandon admires the impact that Jeff has on others and hopes to someday carry the same impact himself.

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