OK, just had my computer crash during the last session, so I get to write this again!
I was in Chicago this past weekend for the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association (www.diabetes-exercise.org) midwest regional conference. It was held at the Northwestern Medical center in downtown Chicago. It was a rainy day, so I didn't mind missing the St. Pats day parade. The rain helped keep down the drunken factor as well!
The conference was good, and I made several important contacts. While the majority of attendees were type 1, and most of the info seemed geared at type 1s, I took a lot away from the conference. I was lucky enough to talk to Doug Dressman, the executive director of DESA, at length about type 2s and exercise and plans for the future.
I will be establishing a DESA chapter in Madison this spring and have the goals of forming a DESA team to participate in local running events, as well as forming a training program to train type 2s to run in their first 5k.... and then more.
What was most interesting to me in the conference, is that many type 1s expressed the difficulty that exercise and sports present to them in their blood sugar control regimen (lots of lows), at least in the short term. Type 2s on the other hand get almost nothing but positive results from exercise and sports.