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Exercise and Sports

My 25 year old son is an apprentice golf professional and having difficulty controlling his blood sugar. He is wondering if an insulin pump would be beneficial for him. He is concerned about placement of the pump.

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I am 26 and have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes for 3 years. I have run 3 marathons and would like to know if there has been a fastest time set by a diabetic and how competitive runners managed their sugar levels during a race.

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My eight year old grandson has been running in the 400+ mg/dl [22.2 mmol/L] range for several days now. To get his sugar down, can/should he be allowed to go out and play to help burn off the excess sugar? As long as someone is watching him so he doesn’t crash (he has before), is it safe?

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My 21 year old son just began using an insulin pump and is having great difficulty keeping the Sof-set cannula in place while playing golf. He has tried many different areas, but it seems that the cannula is just too short. He is now using the Silhouette, but dislikes the length of the needle. He used Emla cream, but still felt some pain. I would appreciate any suggestions.

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Can you direct me to literature which would address the benefits of playing on a softball team for my nine year old granddaughter who has diabetes? She was allowed on the team officially this summer but was sidelined by her coach nearly the whole time. We feel it is unreasonable to treat her so differently.

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I am in a quandary about how to effectively deal with post-exercise highs in blood glucose readings. What causes precipitous rises in blood glucose readings after exercise? What measures can you suggest, using a pump, to avoid these post-exercise rises in blood glucose?

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I am coaching soccer for four to six year olds, and a little boy on my team was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I want to be there for this family, and I feel a duty to be prepared. I am just looking for a little advice on things to be aware of, and ways to deal with any potential situations. Any tips you can provide me with will be greatly appreciated.

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I am 17 years old, have type 1 diabetes, and I’m extremely active in gymnastics. I’m in the gym 15-20 hours a week, but I heard that gymnastics doesn’t affect blood sugars at all. Is that true?

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My three year old son has type 1 diabetes, and his diabetes team thinks he may be experiencing “delayed” lows after exercise. How long after an activity can a delayed low occur?

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My eight year old daughter was diagnosed at age two and has been on an insulin pump for 15 months. She is also a competitive swimmer. Are you aware of any physicians who deal with competitive athletes similar to my daughter?

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