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Article published on www.asweetlife.org in August 2014.
This is an interview of Dennis Adair, 61 years old skydiver who has been living 58 years with diabetes.
The following points are discussed through the article :
– How he started skydiving. He was 48 at this time.
– How people around him reacted when he started practicing his passion of skydiving in 2001.
“…but they would look at me and ask if I should really be doing that with my condition ….”
Since then he has jumped more than 1700 times
– His preparation for a jump, in particular regarding the blood sugar tests.
He describes how he tries to keep his level of blood sugar at 180 mg/dl before each jump.
– His experience with insulin pump.
” I have two basal settings on my insulin pump – my standard and my skydiving basal rate that accounts for the increased activity all day long “
And his positive experience of CGM, continuous glucose monitoring system
– Then as a person living with diabetes more than half a century, his message to other diabetics:
To use his words : “…I have never let it stop me from doing anything that was possible for me to do “
Great testimony, it would be interesting to have feedbacks from other skydivers who are also diabetics.
Points I d’like to get details about :
Dennis speaks about snacks to prevent hypoglycemia. What kind of snacks to you use when you jump?
Did you also experience hypoglycemia during a jump. How did you cope with it?
Officially how is skydiving with diabetes considered in your own country ?
Do federations allow type 1 diabetics to skydive? What about the licence?
Photo from Lachlan Rogers, “