By xc Latest Reply 2010-09-13 10:50:32 -0500
Started 2010-08-29 06:45:56 -0500

Is is safe for diabetics to run a marathon?

Tags: running

5 replies

monkeymama 2010-08-29 16:23:16 -0500 Report

By all means yes, there are plenty of athletes who have diabetes out there and participate in a wide range of sports and activities. In fact, I say you go for it!!! I am training right now for "Warrior Dash" that is next year. I am in the process of getting a trainer and I've talked to my Endo about all my plans. We're developing a plan/goals, starting slow and building my way up, and making sure I have all with me for any issue that might arise in the course of training and the Dash. It would be a very rewarding experience and challenge but you can do it. I also agree with bettymachete here as well. Take the challenge, talk to your medical team, and go from there. Just make sure you do not over do it. That could cause more harm than good. You and your body will know when enough is enough. Good Luck!

bettymachete 2010-08-29 12:08:02 -0500 Report

I am training for one currently :) It is important to really train beforehand and get to know your bodies fatigue, heat, low bg, high bg signals. Also see if you have any circulatory problems, often diabetics will experience numbness in hands and feet during runs which goes away after rest, training will show you if this is an issue for you and something that will need to be addressed by your doctor. I would also suggest choosing your marathon carefully, course conditions, terrain, heat factors all play a part… mine is in October.

GabbyPA 2010-08-29 07:04:18 -0500 Report

Share your dream with your doctor and ask them to help you figure out the best way to accomplish your goal. I know there are several here who have trained for similar events and as long as you find out how it works for you in the training, then I would say go for it. Living an active lifestyle is important as a human, diabetes shouldn't stop you. You have to adjust how you do things, but it is amazing just how much we can do. Let us know what you decide.

jason123 2010-08-29 06:59:20 -0500 Report

hi there, I am a type 2, not sure I know everything there is to know about type 1, but I imagine as long as you had some protein and carbs before you run and carry glucose pills on you, WHY NOT? I've been doing 1,2 hours runs every week. Have you started training for marathon yet?

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