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is diabetes keepin you from doing the things you love soemtimes

Every now and then diabetes may get in my way, but I always come back for more! I have gone through some hard times with diabetes, just like we all have. I am 35 and have been a diabetic since 23 months old. I have been racing bikes since I was eight. I have been very competative in a lot of sports. The sports that I have done a lot of is bmx, snowbaording , skateboarding, moto x, boxing, running, road racing and all types of mtn biking. I gues I could say that diabetes in a strange way has made me more competative through out my life. Just don’t give in, keep on trying what ever your goals may be.


I always wanted to wake board but have not yet! I it’s a reason that I have not yet, because I still need someone with a boat, lol. Hopefully soon lol. I have heard and gone by the rule that if your BS is high it is not good to exercise. I do exercise if my BS is above 200! Sometimes on am endurance race I like it that high so I have some fuel to burn. I have not noticed any problems while exercising with the BS of 200. Take care!

Hello everyone,

I’m a newly diagnosed Type 1 surfer and snowboarder. I’m interested to hear how you guys deal with preventing lows when you’re working out. I haven’t been back in the water or on the mountain since my diagnosis last month. I’m pretty worried about not being able to tell if I’m low, and then passing out in the water, or getting lost on the mountain. Any suggestions?

I’m not a real expert on this since this is fairly new to me as well. I usually eat a energy bar before a strenuous workout. Then another one each hour or so while I’m rowing/hiking etc. That seems to work for me. The first few months after I recovered I always made sure I had someone with me that understood what to do if my sugar drops.

You don’t need to give up your active lifestyle. I go on 8-10 day self supported rafting trips in very remote wilderness areas that have little possibly of evacuation. Believe me I was pretty nervous at first.

Hope this helps.

Thanks Rob. It does help to hear from someone going solo, and learning how to keep the “betes” from slowing you down.

I try to minimize the side effects from having Type 1 diabetes and any interfernce that they would have on something I am doing. Sometimes you still get shelled though. I did a huge very burly mountain ride a couple of weeks ago where myself and 13 others climbed over 4000’ and then descended some very sketchy stuff. I was hurting and felt like nothing I was injesting was giving me any energy. I do not have the most ideal atheletic make-up, so I certainly do not need 'betes adding further difficulty. I was pretty miserable and brought up the rear, but I still enjoyed it. I try to maintain a good attitude, despite my surly contenance.

I carry a couple packs of GU Energey Gel with me at all times. It doesnt matter if im snowboarding mtn biking or riding 110 miles through death valley on my road bike. These packs of gel always seem to pick me up when I need it.

thanx for answering…it’ s been a long busy time for me…i just red it…

Once i was water-skiing and it was christmas…very cold… allthough i’ve eaten a christmas
sweet. before the set when i got out of the water i had 37…it is difficult to understand the hypo in the water…i allways put in the boat an orangejuice and my blood monitor… if i feel the slicest suspition there might be a hypo going on ,i stop and check myself…during summer when is hot it is easier to feal it because your have no power left and you start trembllng just as you feel when it is cold…when the water is cold one has to be more carefull…and make sure everyone on board knows you have t1…sometimes seems difficult to mention…

Hi Patrick-i was diagnosed with T1 last summer. My Nurse told be not to inject during the day if i was heading up the mountain. When i board indoors i don’t inject at night. My sign for being low is that my hand and fingers start to shake and then i have about 5 mins to get gel/lucozade tablets in me. Don/t let this sucky disease stop you from being you. all the best!. where do you board?

I never considered myself in extreme sports. I just did what I did. I guess road racing would be in the category. Raced a Ducati 999 s. Did it for three seasons. Now do motocross, but nothing big. I test sometimes every 15 minutes. I don’t go out if I am over 240 or under 100. Best number is at about 150 if possible. A lot of times if I am doing motocross, I don’t eat carbs at all until the end of the day, when I am going home. I will eat protein, if anything.Have had diabetes for 50 years and am 55. For me the key to D has always been running jumping doing something anything all the time no matter what. Spent my life dong. If I got low, I dealt with it. Competed in jumping horses for years. Just did it . My next challenge is a triathlon in June. Gearing up right now.