Diabetic Runners

Most diabetic patients are over weight and complain of fatigue and they assume they can never be athletes. That is wrong. From the New York Times, I remember reading an inspiring story of David Shack a diabetic athlete

Yes. Even Diabetics can be triathletes.

David Shack’S Type 1 diabetes had been so out of control for so many years that he had had more than 100 seizures.

Mr. Shack was recruited for the 2008 Ford Ironman Wisconsin by John Moore, 31, who also has Type 1 diabetes. The competition was organized and designed specifically for the diabetes community as part of a study. Participants would have to follow a 2.4-mile swim with a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run.

Mr. Shack completed the race after 17 hours. The winner Chris Macdonald from Australia had finished in a time of 8 hrs 43 minutes. But these two runners were all winners. Finishing late is a relative thing in the triathlon. For most mortal humans, finishing at all is an incredible accomplishment.

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