Children and Adolescents
and young people with diabetes have been contacting our site for help.
Fortunately, following a major scientic symposium about young people
with diabetes and sport in Cambridge this year, Runsweet has teamed up
with one of the world experts has given us fanststic advice. Michael
Riddell who has T1 diabetes himself and an academic at York University,
Toronto, Canada, has some great ideas and has contributed this section.
Physical Activity, Sport in Children with Diabetes
Edited from Riddell MC, Iscoe KE. Physical activity, sport, and pediatric diabetes.Treatment
for the child with type 1 diabetes (T1DM), formally insulin-dependent
or juvenile diabetes, has improved dramatically since the discovery of
insulin in 1923, in both biological and technological terms.
Nevertheless, a number of important clinical management issues are
needed for the active child with diabetes to ensure proper health and
prevention of longterm complications from the disease
Pediatric Diabetes 2006: 7: 60–70.
For youth with diabetes who are engaged in sport, control must go beyond the typical regimen of diet and insulin treatment to obtain optimal performance and prevent metabolic complications that can occur both during and after physical activity. Adolescence presents additional concerns for these patients, as hormonal changes during growth and maturation create a temporary state of insulin resistance. In addition, many children maintain some endogenous insulin secretion just after diagnosis, which can make metabolic control particularly challenging.