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  • on 23.03.2010
  • at 03:55 PM
  • by Jessy Troy

Keeping Fit With Diabetes


fit diabetesWhen diagnosed with Diabetes Type 1 at the age of 12 I thought it was the end of the world, I was not a big kid and I certainly very rarely suffered with illness but it would seem that somehow an infection had managed to get into the pancreas and completely stopped it from working, at least, that is why they thought I had received the disease. Usually it would have been put down to someone else in the family tree having the disease but not this time, it would seem I am the only one to ever have gotten it.

So like I was saying I thought it was the end of the world, and who wouldn’t at that age? I was hours from falling into a coma thanks to the Doctors not being able to recognise why I had been barfing for 3 days straight and to be honest I had no idea what Diabetes was until I had been diagnosed. After a tough few months getting to know my limits and what the disease was all about I was told that I could start doing a bit of physical activity at school again. It is at this point where you will find a lot of type 1 and type 2 diabetics simply not exercising because they are either too scared or of course just too lazy to do it.

Doesn’t exercising make the blood sugars fall drastically? Well of course it does if you do not know how to handle it. What you need to do is take a couple of glucose tablets before you do your exercises to make sure that your bloods do not dip into a Hypo (hypoglycaemia). Of course you could do what I always used to do and have a jam sandwich as jam has a lot of sugar within it and will keep you going during this time.

It is very important to at least take something before either working out or taking part in sports because you do not want to stop halfway through your workout or game, it is a pain to you and to everyone else around you. If you are playing something like football and start to have a hypo then the chances are you must be taken off and replaced by someone else, this is unlikely to be reversed which means you lose out on playing for that game. Even going for a walk could mean that you should eat something small because walking does burn up energy and even the smallest of walks could result in your bloods going too low.

The most important thing to remember is that you must always have something on you that you can take if you do go low, if you are walking in the middle of nowhere then what chances to you have?

A Diabetic is more than capable of doing exercise and a lot of it and if you need someone to look up too then think of Sir Steve Redgrave, he went onto winning a 5th gold medal even after being diagnosed with the disease.

The fact is that you don’t have to live with diabetes; diabetes has to live with you!

Ryan is a keen internet marketer who represents a company that sell ceiling fans. The portable air conditioner is another item that they sell. He doesn’t mind sharing past experiences of his Diabetes with others and will always try to give sound advice for people that struggle with the disease.

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