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General Advice

A selection of articles have been provided below for your information.  Please email us ( should you require something more specific or if you have other information resources and we will add them to this page.

Insulin and Anti-Doping Policies

Insulin promotes protein synthesis and inhibits protein breakdown. It has therefore been misused as an anabolic agent by drug cheats. This is a dangerous and illegal practice. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) anti-doping policies allow people with diabetes to use insulin and compete in official competitions. However formal approval for therapeutic use must be obtained. The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) coordinates and keeps a record of all TUEs.  However they are actually assessed by the Australian Sports Drug Medical Advisory Committee (ASDMAC).  You should also check with your relevant sporting association to find out their process.  Some sports associations require you to apply through them, so they may have a record for their files.  They then pass on your application to ASDMAC for assessment, who will then report back their findings (and, hopefully, approval) to ASADA, your sporting association, and you.  For more information on this and to apply for a TUE, check out:

The most difficult part in obtaining a TUE is providing proof of your diagnosis - particularly if you were diagnosed some time ago.  However, you are entitled to copies of your medical records from the hospital you were diagnosed at.  Check with the records area of your hospital for more information.

A link to the current TUE application form (as at March 2010) from ASDMAC is here:


Stories abound on what a person can achieve with type one diabetes.  Here are a small selection:

Ballet - Zippora Karz's Dance with Diabetes
Basketball - Chris Dudley
Basketball - Austin Freeman

If you know of others please let us know!