Skiing And Diabetes – Tips for Skiing and Snowboarding with Diabetes
Skiing is not only enjoyable, but it gives one the benefits of moderate to intense aerobic exercise. I grew up on Beech Mountain, in North Carolina, where our family had a condominium. I was called the “snow plow queen”. I would dress up in ski garb to the point of barely being able to walk, and thrust out onto the highest peaks, one aptly named “Sky Dive.”
Often it was pleasant and sunny, barely even cold. These were the best days by far, where you could ski in your jeans, a t-shirt and gators to keep the snow out your boots, with your jacket tied around your waist.
Kelly and I skiing on Sugar Mountain
My friend Kelly, who had Type 1 diabetes, lived at a time when control of diabetes was harder to achieve. Three years ago, she passed away due to complications related to her Type 1 Diabetes. I think she is one of the main reasons that I became a certified diabetes educator, and decided to raise awareness about diabetes by writing about it.
Kelly loved to ski, but that didn’t come without its consequences. Several times, while skiing on Sugar Mountain, Kelly would have episodes of low blood sugar. She didn’t have a pump, and she was on multiple daily injections at the time. What’s more, she weighed about 90 pounds soaking wet at age 18.
Our friend, Janelle and I were well versed in taking care of Kelly every time she would have a low or a high blood sugar. Her mother made sure that everyone who Kelly went out with knew about her diabetes and the necessary steps to take in case of an emergency.
One time when we set out to hit the slopes of Sugar Mountain on a be Continue reading