Overcoming a disease to become professional riders.
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.