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 firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you do go, drop us a line, we’d be really interested to know what you learned.