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Hi Everyone,

Hope everyone's had a good month. We're in the very middle of winter, but I hope if that makes outdoor pursuits difficult in your part of the country you've found some way of either persisting or transferring undercover. I'm in Queensland and I'm sure the paper said the other day we'd had the coldest July 17th since the last ice age. I've had several people at work look at me recently with fear on their faces and say, 'You didn't cycle in today, did you?'. Of course I did. Maybe it's because I have type 1 diabetes and I'll take anything you throw at me as a challenge. But then again, Queensland is not a very cold part of the world.

There still are plenty of cyclists out around my area. I'm very close to some excellent training hills - and very beautiful scenery - and I see no drop in the number of riders taking on the hills. One of the things I consider sometimes is: although I put a lot of thought into my type 1 management around the time of a ride, when I'm on my bike diabetes can slip into a cloud and be forgotten. If I happen to catch another cyclist approaching me from behind - or worse still overtaking me because I wasn't paying attention - then I will switch automatically into sustained sprint mode, usually with satisfactory success. Concerns about my medical condition will evaporate until I know that I am beyond any risk of being taken by a faster, lighter rider. All part of the 'we're-all-cyclists -together' camaraderie, I'm sure, but it's only then I will remember that I live with type 1 diabetes. On these occasions I do think it's okay to forget.

One of the most exciting things we've got this month is the competition (see below). It's a creative thing, but of course it's all about exercise. This is where we step beyond sharing and get down to serious competition. There's a cool prize. Who's going to win it? Have a look, have a think, have a go.

This month I've found three different pieces to read (that's the last three items down the bottom). Three very different perspectives on type 1 diabetes and exercise, but all of them revealing and educational. I feel that a type 1 can never stop learning this stuff. Reading other people's experiences is always good, although there's nothing like the real thing - meeting up with other type 1's to get active. I've been involved with HypoActive for ten years now and I still learn something every time I meet up at any kind of HA event. I always come away feeling empowered, inspired, stronger. And that's why we do what we do - so we're looking forward to seeing you at the next event you can come to.




  • Run Melbourne: This weekend
  • HypoActive Tan fun: Run/walk/ride next month
  • Treasurer: We need you!
  • HypoActive Gary Gaffel: Ultramarathon challenge
  • Competition: HypoActive logo fun


  • St Vincents Hospital: OHP for people with diabetes
  • DAVic event: Women's Weekend
  • diaTribe: Tips for avoiding hypos
  • Insulin Nation: Managing young athletes bgl's
  • Cycle Route 66: Type 1 since 1957





HypoActive Team Runs Boldly this Weekend

Event date: 26 Jul 2015

Once again this year HypoActive is fielding a healthy team of type 1 runners for this magnificent Melbourne event. HA singlets will be seen in every distance, showing the world that type 1 diabetes is no barrier to better health through exercise. In fact, I'm fully expecting some of those singlets to be bobbing along near the front of every pack.

Well done to all the type 1's who have trained for and entered this great celebration of healthy activity. My thoughts and best wishes - and I'm sure those of every reader - will be with you on the big day. Good luck!



Back on the Tan

Event Date:  30 Aug 2015

The Tan, that wonderful loop around Melbourne's Botanic Gardens and King's Domain, is once more the venue for HypoActive's Fun Run/Walk/Ride. It's a beautiful, wide, untroubled track and here you can rub running shoulders with celebrities, the rich, but most importantly - other type 1's.

It's one of Melbourne's truly beautiful spots: great for running, but also a real pleasure for a brisk walk and there are plenty of options for riding a bike on the Tan itself or over the road on tracks along the mighty Yarra.

As always, you're very welcome to come along and choose for yourself how far and fast you want to run, walk or ride. And once again you're also welcome to come along after the puffing is done and have a coffee, some solid fuel and a chat after the event. We've got a page here with all the details of meeting up and imbibing: HA Tan Run

If you'd like more info or would like to come along, please get in touch with our intrepid organiser John Thompson here: John



Treasurer Position Vacant

We haven't quite had the stampede of volunteers we expected for a keen type 1 to take on the position of HypoActive's treasurer. I realise it could sound a little daunting, but this role has been taken on before by folk with no financial experience and they have found it both achievable and highly rewarding. HypoActive has a full committee who are each willing and available to assist and make sure your generous offer of help transforms into a very real and significant contribution to HypoActive's mission and work.

It doesn't matter where you are. We need you. 

The life of a HypoActive treasurer

I think you'd do a fantastic job. Why not give it a shot or at least find out more. Any questions, please get in touch with our new and electric president Warwick.



Gary takes on the Ultramarathon

Gary Gaffel has been an enthusiastic team member with HypoActive since he first joined the HA cycle team for the Brisbane to Gold Coast Challenge in 2010 - less than a year after he had been diagnosed. Back then he was no stranger to extended exercise, being an accomplished triathlete, but he just didn't know how it was all going to work with this new and difficult medical condition. Since then he's moved back into some pretty intense training and last year we were blessed with his considerable cycling strength in the fast group of the HypoActive Murray to Moyne.

HypoActive Murray to Moyne 2014

This year Gary is taking on a much bigger challenge. He's signed up for the River Run 100 in Brisbane - that means 100 km, almost two and a half marathons in one day. Gary is training and taking part to raise funds for Diabetes Queensland, a most excellent cause.

DQ have an article on Gary's efforts with some great quotes here: Gary's testing the limits.

Gary's got an Everyday Hero page here - Gary's page - where you can read more about what he's up to and if you're super-cool you can sponsor him too. All the best, Gary, and good luck.



Type 1's can Win Win Win!

It's been a few years since the HypoActive newsletter had a competition, but this time we think we've got a great challenge and we've certainly got a fabulous prize. There was quite a lot of feedback about ex-president Gavin Wright's story and pics on the HypoActive news page from his recent cycling sojourn in South America. In particular, a number of readers thought that picture of the black bike in front of all that spectacular mist on Death Road in Bolivia - with the HypoActive drink bottle clearly visible in the cage on the down tube - was very powerful. And cool.

You can see it here: Gavin's bike on Death Road.

But we thought you guys could probably do better. So, the challenge is: we want pictures of any HypoActive gear that really stand out. It could be a jersey, maybe a towel, and we all now know that bottles can be good. It could be anywhere, on anyone, doing anything. The type 1 sky's the limit. Cheating's fine.

For the best snap - the most inspired and engaging image, which will be decided by the full and highly discerning HypoActive committee - there is $100 worth of HypoActive gear. Anything you want. 

So have a chat with your creative brain cells and your camera or phone, get snapping and send submissions in to me.





Research study that helps type 1's recognise strengths, understand and cope

This fabulous initiative being undertaken at St Vincents Hospital is part of a broad research study, but is functioning as a very real resource for people who feel they need help. I think everyone with type 1 diabetes is familiar with feelings of disappointment and even despair. No matter how hard you try, those troubling results come along and hit hard. This program is aimed specifically at those feelings and how to get away from them, how to move on and feel better.

I posted an item on this program a few months ago and have since learnt that more than one reader has taken advantage of this professional service and that it has been of significant help. If you're feeling like crap because of your diabetes and the way it affects your life, that's okay, it's very normal, but you will feel better if you get this kind of assistance. These guys are the experts and they will show you how to help yourself.

The Optimal Health Program is a self-management program which aims to support people, improve health by building on strengths and values and offer practical strategies to support well-being. To learn more get in touch with Casey here: Casey.OBrien@svha.org.au or (03) 9231 3768.



Event date: Sat/Sun 11-12 Oct 2015

Diabetes Victoria invites you to their Women’s Weekend 2015! They have developed an exciting program of informative and motivational sessions, specifically designed to be of interest to women with type 1 diabetes.

The weekend features experienced presenters covering topics such as carbohydrate counting, advocacy, keeping motivated and - best of all - optimising your exercise with type 1 diabetes.

Bookings are essential as places are limited. Find out more about when, where and how to book here: DV Women's Weekend



Adam Brown on diaTribe

diaTribe is a program of The diaTribe Foundation, a non-profit organisation committed to improving the lives of people living with diabetes and pre-diabetes and advocating for action. Adam Brown is a great-looking type 1 who says that exercise has been a complete game-changer for managing his diabetes. 'But,' says Adam, 'it can frequently be a source of confusion, frustration, exhaustion, and blood sugar unpredictability.'

This is a long and very detailed article, split into three sections: What's Working and what Needs Help; Tactics to Avoid Highs and Lows During and After Exercise; and Exactly What I do for Different Types of Exercise. There are plenty of practical tips and lots of figures. Adam is American and so uses mg/dl instead of mmol/l. To convert just divide his bgl figures by 18.

Read it here: Get in the Zone



Psychologist and Type 1 Support Crew / Parent Polina Bryson on Insulin Nation

'Since her diagnosis in 2013, my daughter has continued to participate in multiple sports: gymnastics, Bike Moto Cross (BMX), running, and swimming. Through lots of trial and error, my husband and I developed several strategies to better manage her blood sugar during physical activity.' So says Polina and this article is a very positive and encouraging piece with some strong points from a mum who knows that exercise is good for everyone - and most especially people living with type 1 diabetes.

Read it here: Young Athlete's Blood Sugars.


Article 3: CYCLE ROUTE 66

Very Long-term Type 1 David Goldman Rocks the Route

David has had type 1 since 1958, all but the first one and a half years of his life. It hasn't been an easy journey for him: retinopathy has left him blind in one eye; he spent over two years on dialysis waiting for a kidney transplant; he;s had two kidney transplants; and he's had a pancreas transplant. He's had many other medical difficulties, surgeries and procedures. The kind of experience we all dread.

But he's not hiding under his doona, David's gone out and bought himself a very fine three-wheeled recumbent and, with a friend, he's about to start along the epic, historic and fabulous Route 66. Not from Chicago to LA, he's going the other way round, covering the famous road from West Coast to the Windy City.

David's is a great story, with lots of personal insight. Check it out here: Cycle Route 66.


Happy reading!

That's all for now.

All the best,