Calling all diabetic sporty types

By | 18 April, 2012
A so-called "sporty type", yesterday

A so-called “sporty type”, yesterday

Playing at being a pancreas while exercising can be a bit of a faff. It’s so easy to end up snaffling carbs like a squirrel preparing for hibernation to try and prevent a mid swim low. Or make a fool of yourself by going hypo in the middle of a football match. Or get carried away with your temporary basal rate reduction and end up high for hours afterwards.

Which is why, if you’re in any way actively inclined, you might fancy this. Animas are holding a Sports & Exercise weekend at Loughborough University on 11, 12 & 13 May. It’s £100 to attend including food and overnight accommodation. A dodgy pancreas is the only criteria for going along. Despite being organised by everybody’s second favourite pump company Animas, they don’t care what toys you use to manage it – injections, pumps – all are welcome.

If I were in the least bit sporty, there’d be three big attractions for me:

  • Firstly, Dr Ian Gallen (he of working with diabetic Sir Steve Redgrave throughout the Olympics fame) will be there, talking about the impact of exercise on the body and how to deal with it.
  • Secondly, you get to try out your learning, so you can hear about the theory and then take part in swimming, cycling, football or gym sessions to test out how that works for you. When was the last time you had a chat with your DSN about exercise and then ran round the hospital to test out the theory before reviewing your results?
  • And of course, the ShootUp favourite, there will be plenty of other diabetic types there alongside you to share experiences with.

For more info, or to reserve a place, email And if you do go, drop us a line, we’d be really interested to know what you learned.

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About Alison

Diagnosed with Type One in 1983 at the age of four, Alison's been at this for a while now. She uses Humalog in a combined insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring system and any blood glucose meter as long as it takes five seconds or less.

9 thoughts on “Calling all diabetic sporty types

  1. Mike

    Cool, they could use Fruit Pastilles as the batons for the relay’s! But you’d have to use a fresh pack (stronger)!! 🙂

  2. Paul

    My old university, I may use it as an excuse to go catch up with old friends but its unlikely I’ll attend something sporty

  3. Rohan

    Sounds good. Kinda wish I hadn’t spent all my money furnishing my new flat! >.< Maybe they'll do it again sometime…

  4. JaneC

    I used to be part of Ian Gallen,s clinic and he is the man for us type 1 sporty types. In the olden days we were encouraged to take exercise but not more than a 10 minute stroll around the park so info on how to deal with anything more ambitious insulin wise was negligible and we had to work it out ourselves with the appropriate success expected. Ian’s knowledge is invaluable. He runs a website called run which provided information on how to manage insulin levels for a wide variety of sports. It,s useful, I’m under squash but admittedly not that helpful!

  5. Paul Buchanan

    Am booked in!!

    Really looking forward to this weekend – will be my first time ‘out’ as a T1. Also the first time I will get to meet other diabetics. Will gladly write up a review if you are interested?

    1. Alison Post author

      It would be great to know how it goes, thanks @bucco. @annamac is going to report back for us too, so hopefully between the two of you we’ll have a great idea of what went on, and some top tips for making exercise less of a palava. Enjoy!

  6. Clare Naughton Doe

    I know that Paul is writing a report but I just wanted to say that it was absolutely fantastic! The best £100 I have ever spent! 🙂


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