Have you ever wondered what it takes to cross the finish line in a marathon or shoot that seamless 3-point basket or climb to the summit of Mt. Everest? How does a person with diabetes find such inspiration and once they find it how do they keep the fire stoked? Last column we talked a little about Paula Harper. Now let’s look for the secrets that got her to run 35 marathons, many daredevil hikes and multi century bike races among other athletic feats. Her story has no doubt inspired many. Once you hear it chances are that you, too, will be motivated to move.
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(by Bill King) As a longtime board member of the International Diabetes Athletes Association (IDAA) and Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association (DESA), I looked forward with anticipation to the August 17 – 19, 2013 North American Conference on diabetes and exercise, which took place at the Marriott Hotel Conference Center in San Diego, CA. I particularly wanted to see how this first annual conference by Insulindependence, the host organization, might absorb the traditions of prior diabetes conferences and add their own updates to assist today’s athletes with diabetes.
It’s a simple sentence formed with simple words. But these words were in a sense the big bang, the cannonball that started a revolution around diabetes and exercise. When Paula Harper was first diagnosed with diabetes in 1972, medical advice at the time was often not to exercise. For her long distance running, she got only negative or poor medical support for her training and distance running pursuits.
Insulin pens are a great way to inject insulin. They are convenient and easy to carry. Keeping track of the last time you injected insulin is what's been missing from insulin pens for a long time. Of course, we should be jotting down our times and amounts in a logbook to avoid double injections. Insulcheck has created an insulin pen attachment that tracks when you last injected insulin from your pen.
We've been talking about smart insulin pens for years. A smart pen that includes some of the helpful features found in today's smart pumps would help non-pump patients increase the success of their diabetes management greatly.
Timesulin is a cap for insulin pens that shows users how long it's been since their last insulin injection. It is easy to forget when you last took a shot. Was it 10 minutes ago? An hour? 3 hours? Missing the shot can results in blood sugar highs, while taking an extra can result in blood sugar lows. Timesulin helps avoid these mistakes.
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