Welcome to Runsweet.com 

Helping people with Type 1 Diabetes to be winners!

Why "Runsweet"? This came from advice from a person with type 1 diabetes who tried to "run sweet" to avoid hypos. We know we can do better! Thank you all for the great feedback about the site. We now boast the widest sports content for people with diabetes on the web. we are now getting more than 30000 visits per month and are top in searches on Google. You continue to test the limits of what is possible, and have submitted great new content. Keep visiting. If you want to post any content, mail it to us. Our forum is also very popular. We now also have a Facebook page.

 

There is some great new content on the site. We are presenting an the JDRF internationally designed PEAK program to train healthcare providers on the management of diabetes and sport. and we will continue to have amazing content from people with T1DM.

Sir Steven Redgrave is the inspiration for our clinical service, research and this website. It is not possible to overstate his contribution to improving the aspiration and well being of people with T1DM. He tells us- "When I was first diagnosed in 1997 my immediate reaction was that I would have to stop training – I’m glad to be able to say I was wrong – it is possible to train at a high level as a diabetic and succeed" Find out how he managed his diabetes to win his historic 5th Gold

We have lots of content from some amazing athletes. Jen Alexander from Canada writes about marathon swimming, Chris Pennell on rugby, and Sebastien Sasseville on climbing

Some great news from One-touch Lifescan; they have agreed to continue and expand the diabetes weekend sports camp at Loughborough University,  being beld in October 2018

First athlete with T1DM to get boxing licence

Muhammad Ali has made history after becoming the first boxer in the country with type one diabetes to be granted a professional licence by the British Boxing Board of Control. After nearly three years of hard work trying to battle the decision, Ali was finally granted his license during a meeting with the board on Wednesday, as his team were able to provide key documentation proving that his condition would not disrupt his ability to box.

The 25-year-old is delighted that things are now finally back on track, and he is thankful to those around him who have helped him get to this point.

"I've been fighting for my career since 2015. It's taken two and a half years for it to be resolved and I respect the British Boxing Board of Control for granting me the license,"

"Nothing happens overnight and it's taken a lot of hard work to get to this point. I've had help from my advisor and manager Asad Shamim, plus from Diabetes UK and from Dr Ian Gallen, so I really appreciate all that they've done for me.

"This breakthrough has set a precedent and opened the door for other boxers with diabetes to get their license. I've had messages of support from other boxers similar to my position and I feel proud to have paved the way."

Ali had an impressive amateur career, including winning the Haringey Box Cup in 2013. He was set to make his debut in Blackpool in December 2015 before finding out he wouldn't be granted a license, something which left him devastated at the time.

"In 2015 as soon as I got told I wouldn't be able to get a license I was heartbroken. I gave around £800 worth of my boxing gear away to local lads and said put it to good use as I can't use it anymore," he said.

"People would ask me what's going on with my career and I wouldn't have anything to tell them. Even my mum and dad were saying there wasn't any buzz or excitement in the house anymore.

"I'd put boxing to bed and become a personal trainer, but then I spoke to my advisor Asad Shamim and he said we should look into it and that he would help with all of the legal side of things.

Muhammad Ali has been granted a boxing license

"We were able to put together a protocol and show the British Boxing Board of Control why I should get my license.

"To get the approval at the meeting on Wednesday was amazing, and I'm already excited thinking about my professional career."

"I want to become British champion most definitely. The British Boxing Board of Control have granted me a license, and I'd love to show them it was the right decision by winning the Lonsdale belt," said Ali.

"Even by getting this far and having the chance to box means that I've already won. It shows that if you don't ever give up you can achieve your goals.

"The plan is to make my debut in September. I've constantly been training and sparring and now I'm ready to be let off the leash.

"I used to dream of becoming a champion and now my dream has the chance to become a reality." courtesy of MEN sports

David Crosse gets his professional racing licence

Jockey Dave Crosse said a weight had been lifted off his shoulders after he decided to reveal he is diabetic, having kept the illness a secret for 13 years out of fears for his career.

The jockey has been receiving specialist medical advice since he was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes in 2005, but he chose not to disclose the information to the BHA, believing it would have been "professional suicide".

However, he became the subject of a BHA investigation after the authority received an anonymous tip-off about Crosse's condition, claiming he was a danger to others, leading to a BHA inquiry at which he received an entry-level penalty.

"The BHA was sympathetic," said Crosse. "The rules changed just under a year ago and the fact I've had proper medical care and looked after myself were key factors. It's a weight off my shoulders. I don't have to hide to inject myself.

"If anything, it makes me better as a rider. It's not a career-ending illness. I can lead a normal life as long as I look after things properly."

Point-to-point rider Hector Barr was issued a licence without restriction last year following improvements in the understanding and management of the condition.

Although Crosse made sure select people knew of his condition so it could be disclosed in the event of a bad fall, he hid the fact he was injecting himself with insulin at the races, doing it under a towel or in the toilets. He has been advised throughout by specialist Dr Ian Gallen

"The way the BHA has dealt with my case means if there are others like me they can come forward knowing that nothing bad is going to happen," said Crosse, who is also a jockey coach.

"That's what I'd feared for the last 13 years, that this would come out and my career would be finished. It all depends on how you look after your diabetes."

He has done it again! Rod Riddell's Marathon des Sables adventure with T1 DM

Major new focus on pump treatment and how to use your pump with exercise. New focus on guidelines for safe exercise.

 

Can you help with research? We are recruiting for a study (ExTOD) on the effect of structured education on Exercise and Diabetes. See Reseach page if you can help

You can download the Jephcott Medal Symposium lecture with Sir Steven Redgrave, on the topic: "Olympic Diabetes: What have we learned over the last decade?". Slides from his talk can be downloaded in PowerPoint and PDF formats. We also have some images of the award in our Gallery section.
PowerPoint
Jephcott symposium
Jephcott symposium.pptx
Microsoft Power Point presentation [3.2 MB]
PDF
Jephcott symposium
Jephcott symposium.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.5 MB]
Dr Gallen has also published a book aimed at medical professionals. More details can be found on our new Publications page.
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Do you have problems with your diabetes and sport? If so ask your G.P. or consultant to refer you to our specialized diabetes and sport clinic at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading.
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