just found out I have type 1 how do i still do the things i love to do

j adam
By j adam Latest Reply 2011-11-18 19:55:20 -0600
Started 2011-11-15 20:21:53 -0600

I just got the new I have type 1. How do I still do the thing i love to do. I have been on a river rafting team for 5yr and kayak class 5 every day in the summer is this still going to happen. I was told i might need a pump and i have no clue what that is going to do to my kayaking i live for that. i am so scared of not doing water sport again. I am 32 and i the best shape of my life is that going to change? I know every body must feel this way. So tell me I am still going to have a great life thats all i need to hear.

18 replies

koryhanson 2011-11-18 19:55:20 -0600 Report

Hey Adam I am also a type 1 diabetic who has a pump. Having a pump should not affect your life at all with water sports. I have the OneTouch "Ping" pump that is water proof. The pump holds around three days worth of insulin. Its like an external pancreas. Since Ive had my pump life has been so much easier than doing syringe injections. So if you were told that you might need a pump I would go for it, and yes you will still have a great life no matter what. So look into a water proof pump like the OneTouch "Ping" and you will enjoy it. Just make sure that you bring snacks along with you just in case your blood sugar drops. Well you should either way lol. so enjoy kayaking and river rafting still.

kdroberts 2011-11-17 09:02:13 -0600 Report

The whole point of managing diabetes is so to can live and enjoy life for as long as possible. I'm pretty sure there is an Olympic kayaker or canoest with type 1, not 100% sure about that though. There are plenty of athletes, professional and amateur, with all types of diabetes so there is no reason why you can't be. There is a book called "The Diabetic Athlete" which might be worth a read. Also, if your budget allows it, definitely look into a pump. I would recommend starting with the Animas ping since its the only completely waterproof pump with controls on the pump itself so would be a good choice for water sports. Animas are coming out with a new pump called Vibe which integrates with a continuous glucose monitor which might me good for you if the pump continues to be waterproof which I belive it is.

Set apart
Set apart 2011-11-17 05:58:01 -0600 Report

Hi I am also a T1 just diagnosed about 2 months ago. Although new to all of this I am also considering the pump am 48 years old have always exercised. At first I was afraid to exercise now I love it even more because it is what helps control some of what is going on in my body. Although I don't kayak my husband and I went fishing packed my snacks and glucose and had a great time just remembering I had to stop and timing my checks and snacks. Good luck this website is Great, real people going through the same stuff as us. It's a godsend!

BLange 2011-11-16 18:19:27 -0600 Report

I appreciate your willingness to engage this community. Education and preparedness are the best concepts for newly diagnosed to consider. Your personal discipline will greatly help manage your condition. Best of Luck!


lifedriver 2011-11-16 17:17:27 -0600 Report

I also enjoy a good workout but I have to keep testing to see where my BG is at. I carry fruit juice and a snack with me for a quick pick me up if my BG goes low. The Key my friend is to test before and during your workout so you will know what is happening with your body. You will do fine LIVE.

j adam
j adam 2011-11-16 22:37:19 -0600 Report


lifedriver 2011-11-17 08:33:49 -0600 Report

I carry a nutrition bar a medium size apple some grapes and hard candy the ones with sugar. If I feel a little tired I check my BG level and then see what the workout has taken from me. Good Luck and LIVE

cindygal1 2011-11-17 07:14:01 -0600 Report

I am sure that on this site you will be able to get answers to all of your questions, everyone is here to help. Welcome, and I am hoping that we can be friends remember you have an illness that is treatable, and controlled, you just have to learn how and on here you should fine most of your answes. I hope that we can be friends. cindygal1, I am a type one and have been since 1992. Please read the different article and I am sure youwill fine some of the answers, got to run for now got a doctor's appointment, but I will write later.

Type1Lou 2011-11-16 12:35:46 -0600 Report

Learn as much as you can about your diabetes. You will need to adapt to it but it shouldn't stop you from participating in the things you are passionate about. I did some competitive downhill skiing and won a few medals in local races. One of the participants in a past season of television's Amazing Race was a female physician who was on an insulin pump…I think her team won, if I remember correctly. Diabetes is something you have to deal with and adapt to; it need not define you.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-16 10:32:56 -0600 Report

There is no reason you should have to stop doing the things you love. You might have to adjust to fit with your diet and testing and such, but you should not have to stop. If you feel good enough to do these things, then go for it! Diabetes does not have to take away what you love, we just adjust around it so it does not "have us, we have D". Good luck and Rock On!!!

door331 2011-11-15 22:26:55 -0600 Report

Hi J Adam, welcome to the site! I can't relate to your feelings since I was diagnosed at age 5 but there is nothing stopping you from achieving your goals. It can become discouraging. People will tell you your life is going to change— it will— but you will adjust, adapt, and overcome these changes. Believe it.

Here are my tips:
-find a good endocrinologist and diabetes educator
-research insulin pumps (there are a few waterproof ones- I use Omnipod)
-get support from your family and friends- educate them as well

Oh and here is more proof you can live an active lifestyle- http://teamtype1.org/

j adam
j adam 2011-11-15 21:08:51 -0600 Report

heather thank you and I am talking to my doctor about staying active she has been great so for. my friends have been keeping my spirits up I now they are there but none of us have ever know and thing about Diabetes before now so this is still new

Heather44118 2011-11-15 20:48:42 -0600 Report

hi and welcome. Talk to your doctor but you should be able to do everything that you did before you were diagnosed. I know you will have to test before you exercise. and adjust your diet for your kayaking. I don't know much about pumps. Things will change but you will still have a great life. It will just take planning. good luck.