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  1. Mary C
    Mary C May 5, 2012 at 8:51 am | | Reply

    Hey Wil, can I propose we elect Team Type 1 as superheros? This is a team of cyclists who all have Type 1 diabetes. According to their website “since Team Type 1′s first participation in the Race Across America in 2005, the team has won the race four times and currently holds the Race Across America record for fastest trans-continental crossing in just 5 days, 9 hours and 5 minutes.” They all wear CGM systems and closely control their blood sugars during the race. I know there are Olympic athletes who take insulin so it’s not considered a “performance enhancing drug”. But is it? I’ve wondered if non diabetics used a CGMS during an endurance race, could they better control their energy level and stamina? Hmmm.

  2. john
    john May 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm | | Reply

    No superpowers? What about excellent carb guesstimation! And I’m hardly ever hungover because I won’t drink a ton and I don’t drink sugary drinks!

    I’ve heard that insulin has a “growth factor”, some bodybuilders actually use it (which sounds crazy) to help grow muscle. So. If you’re weight training you can put on muscle a little bit easier than regular people. That’s what my endo told me. He probably just wants me to dose as precisely and even aggressively (while still being safe) as possible:)

    Wil, please confirm or deny!

  3. amireally
    amireally May 6, 2012 at 11:20 pm | | Reply

    So, actually I think it might be possible for people without diabetes to get blood sugars up to 150, or at least 140-ish. After eating a really carb-y meal, while being sick, or while under stress – both the bad stress and the good stress such as an athletic competition! Our cross country coach used to say that being a little nervous is good because the adrenaline/stress hormones help you compete. I think most of this benefit is around muscles and heart pumping, but I wonder if it goes for blood sugar too?

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