Don’t let diabetes stop you from putting your best foot forward. As a 4-sport athlete I have a few tips how to keep diabetes in your control while you’re playing your sport.
- ALWAYS HAVE A METER.
This may sound crazy but, it’s true. Sometimes diabetics forget their meter, and this is so not good, any time or anywhere. Your meter is almost as important as your insulin. We have all been there before where we realize that we don’t have our meter in our bags and our heart immediately sinks. Don’t be that person. Remember your meter!
- ALWAYS BRING CORRECTION
Glucose tablets. Gatorade. Insulin. Extra Insulin. Trust me, you need it.
- TEST TEST TEST TEST.
Test before the game. After the game. In between the game. You don’t want a low sneaking up on you and having you result in sitting out
- BRING ALL OF YOUR SUPPLIES
Seriously. Remember that extra site that you said you wouldn’t need. Well, you’re going to need it. I swear. Those extra test strips? Yes, bring those. I was always made fun of for having such a giant bag filled with stuff, but I would rather be carrying more than less.
- DON’T OVER CORRECT.
We have all been there, you want to get out there as quick as you can so you down two Gatorades and eat 18 glucose tabs, but don’t do it. You will be sick afterwards. Or taking an extra dose of insulin just to get your blood sugar down. Trust me, it’s not worth. But, we have all been there.
- MAKE SURE YOUR COACHES KNOW WHATS UP.
Make sure before the season starts you or your parents talk to your coach and you tell them whats up. Many people are very understanding. And by telling them before the season begins allows for plenty of awkward explanations as to why you’re shaking or not focusing to be more understanding.
- HAVE FUN!
Although you have so many things to remember, you’re still a kid! You need to learn to have fun and that it’s okay not to stress about Diabetes while you’re playing. As long as you’re blood sugar is in a safe area. PERSONAL TIP: I always try to keep my blood sugar between 150-180 while exercising. Consult with your doctor and see what works best for you.