Re: Aikido and Diabetes
I have been type 1 diabetic for 9 years. I have no pancreatic function whatsoever so am classed as a 'chromic type 1" diabetic - I inject 4-6 times a day depending on food intake. I train and teach 8+ times per week. basically you just have to be disciplined. I do a blood test before every class and have jelly beans on hand in case of a low. My students are used to seeing me in seize chomping on jelly beans if I feel the need and it's simply an accepted part of our training now. I stay fit, eat properly and treat diabetes the same as I would a minor injury or illness - I train unless it's dangerous to do so. I have had many "lows" on the mat but am lucky enough to be able to feel these coming on, so have always managed to top up and be back to training within a few minutes. My advice to any other people facing the diabetes/training dilemma is simply treat it an you would any other incoming occurrence in your life.. tenkan and then do your best to reuse that energy in a positive way.