With so many new social networks cropping up seemingly every week, it takes a bit of ingenuity to come up with something unique. The latest to join the club of online diabetes support networks is Phrendo, an invitation-only online social network from the folks at the diabetic athletes’ organization Insulindependence. Launched in March 2009, Phrendo’s charter is to pull together all sorts of people with diabetes who like to work out hard — many of…Read more »
People with diabetes have to combat a myriad of myths and misconceptions. Among the most prevalent is the idea that people with type 2 diabetes are “fat and lazy” individuals who “brought it on themselves.” While obesity and lifestyle can certainly contribute to a type 2 diabetes diagnosis, it is by no means a catch-all requirement.
That’s why the story of John Anderson, a life-long athlete with type 2 diabetes, is so intriguing. John is…
Following my series of interviews with Kris Freeman, I got a note from competitive cyclist Phil Southerland, founder of Team Type 1. He wanted to let me know how well his group of athletes with type 1 diabetes have been performing so far this year.
Phil was concerned that the mainstream media coverage of Freeman’s challenges may have stirred up “a lot of negativity about diabetes.” So he asked me if he could submit a…
Admittedly, I’m a bit tardy here in publishing the final installment of my Winter Olympics conversations with cross-country skier Kris Freeman. He has type 1 diabetes and was America’s best hope for a medal in his sport in Vancouver this year — but alas, things did not go well for Kris this time around. He suffered a BG low in the 15k, his best event; fell far behind in the 30k; and ended up dropping…Read more »
I’m back today for my second exclusive check-in with Kris Freeman, world-class cross-country skier competing in the Winter Olympics this week. He’s the only athlete there with diabetes. And on Saturday, it caught up with him. A blood sugar crash killed his chances for taking a medal in the men’s 30K event, where he was a favorite (he fell to 45th place after having to lie down in the snow mid-race for a bit). Naturally,…Read more »