Diabetic Cyclists “Strive for 6.5”

Now THIS is a cool way to deal with your diabetes and help others at the same time. Check out TEAM TYPE 1. Phil Southerland and Joe Elridge are college students in Georgia who are into competitive cycling. Both have had diabetes since they were kids (Phil since 7 mos old, Joe since 10 yrs old). Both are active in the pursuit of a cure. Their motto is: “We do not want to live with diabetes the rest of our lives!” I say, amen!!

These two hooked up to create a campaign to help raise funds and raise awareness through their passion for competitive cycling –- which, by the way is one of the toughest sports out there, and especially tricky for diabetics since it tends to make BG levels plunge!

Philpage_1Phil writes to me:

This winter I came up with the Team Type 1 idea, he brought the name, and we are both trying to raise money. I thought that if I could help him out, then we could then do it for others. We want diabetics to ‘Strive for 6.5’ (HBA1C). With an A1C under 7, insurance rates go down a lot.

With the money raised we also want to subsidize some insurance and medical costs for diabetics who cannot afford the tools to live.

The main thing is I want to show kids and adults with diabetes how important exercise is for diabetes. For the past 10 years I have ridden and raced, I have had an A1C between 5.8 and 6.2.”

fundraising with Funny Man and diabetes advocate Shawn Lesser in his 80 Days for Diabetes Campaign at the Showcase Comedy club in Atlanta. (More about Shawn here.)

Please check them out, and consider DONATING. It’s easier than cycling 10,000 miles in one year, which is their other goal.

Phil and Joe are also teaming up on

Inspirational!! Personally, my most recent A1C was 6.9. Not a disaster, but not so inspirational. I’m dusting off my bike this coming weekend :)

“After a few months of just being buds, we started talking diabetes. Joe’s control was not the best, and we began to have competitions to see who would have the best blood sugar. Over the months, Joe began to have better and better control by checking much more frequently, and shooting up more often.

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