This may seem like a strange time to discuss backpacking with type 1 diabetes as many trails are closed, national parks are closed, and organizations like the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Pacific Crest Trail Association are recommending that people postpone or cancel trips due to COVID-19. Furthermore, The American Hiking Society at this time [...]
I've spent the last few weeks working with the metabolic support team and shadowing the diabetes team at a large hospital in western North Carolina. Here are 5 things I’ve learned so far about diabetes management in the hospital: 1. Diabetes Knowledge is Limited We expect our providers to know everything about every condition, but [...]
Few things feel better than summiting an epic peak or racing down a mountain on skis, and few things feel worse than a bouncing blood sugar forming jagged peaks across your cgm monitor and ruining your epic day. I set about to understanding what's happening on the inside that could be impacting blood glucose at high altitude.
I go through periods where my blood sugar just won't budge. Increased insulin resistance can be attributed to a variety of factors including: menstrual hormones, fighting off infection, and stress. Having a blood sugar over 200 mg/dL that just won't budge is extremely frustrating. You keep throwing insulin at it and then hours later [...]
Note: An Updated version of this post can be found here I grew up assuming that backpacking was not an option for me. Backpacking along with scuba diving was looped into the "too dangerous for diabetics" category in my head. A category, which I've only recently realized is completely ludicrous. Unlike scuba diving, no one [...]