Di­a­betic cy­clists

Overcoming a dis­ease to be­come pro­fes­sional rid­ers.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - ADVENTURE - By MING TEOH star2@ thes­tar. com. my

WHAT hap­pens when you’re di­ag­nosed with di­a­betes? Does that mean that your op­por­tu­ni­ties in life will al­ways be lim­ited, and that it will ham­per your ef­forts to reach your dreams?

Not ac­cord­ing to two of the cy­clists from Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all- di­a­bet­ics pro­fes­sional cy­cling team.

Aaron Perry and Justin Mor­ris were in Kuala Lumpur for the first time re­cently to at­tend the Ad­vanc­ing the Fron­tiers of En­docrinol­ogy in South­east Asia ( AFES) Congress, and to share how they over­came the chal­lenges of di­a­betes to achieve all that they have.

Team Novo Nordisk is a pro­fes­sional cy­cling team that has par­tic­i­pated in some of the big­gest races in the world. Ev­ery­one in the team has to deal with the chal­lenges of be­ing a di­a­betic as well as be­ing a pro­fes­sional ath­lete.

There are two kinds of di­a­betes. Type 1 di­a­betes is usu­ally di­ag­nosed in chil­dren or young adults where the body can’t pro­duce the in­sulin that it needs.

Type 2 di­a­betes, the most com­mon form, is of­ten as­so­ci­ated with un­healthy life- styles. This is when your body does not use in­sulin prop­erly ( which is called in­sulin re­sis­tance). At first, your pan­creas makes ex­tra in­sulin to make up for it. But over time it can’t make enough in­sulin to keep your blood glu­cose at nor­mal lev­els ( www. di­a­betes. org).

Peo­ple who don’t ex­er­cise, or those with ad­vanc­ing age, obe­sity, poor diet and fam­ily his­tory of Type 2 di­a­betes are more sus- cep­ti­ble to it.

The pro­fes­sional cy­cling team was founded to raise aware­ness on the con­di­tion and has con­sis­tently fin­ished among the Top 10 of the tough­est races and tours around the world. They are an ex­am­ple of how far one can go while liv­ing with di­a­betes and the goal of the team is to join the Tour de France in 2021.

The team’s mis­sion is to in­spire, ed­u­cate and em­power peo­ple af­fected by di­a­betes.

Be­sides the pro­fe­sional cy­cling team, the global sports team also com­prises the de­vel­op­ment team, ju­nior team, women’s team, moun­tain bike and cy­clocross team, run­ning and triathlon team and Type 2 team.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit: www. team­novo nordisk. com

team Novo Nordisk is an all- di­a­bet­ics cy­cling team that com­petes in races glob­ally.

As a di­a­betic cy­clist, Justin Mor­ris al­ways car­ries in­sulin and food with him.

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