Meg Knight

Meg became involved with HypoActive a few years back and took on the role of Secretary, which was most appreciated.  She remains involved with HA activities, including the MS MegaSwim where she can be seen recording laps for tired swimmers, providing a positive smile at the turnaround! 
 
1. Describe yourself in 10 words
a fun-loving, sun-loving, busy, relaxed, smiley, happy human
 
2.What do you do during the day?
I am a project manager for a pharmaceutical company (lucky I have such a lovely social life or else I would be very dull!)
 
3. What is your fave thing to do on Saturday?  
Sleep in, go out for breakfast, frolic in the sunshine, beers and food with mates
 
4. When were you diagnosed with T1 and what insulin regime are you on?
Diagnosed in 1986 - currently on multiple daily injections of lantus and novorapid... Soon to be a pumper!
 
5. What made you first decide to participate in an activity with HypoActive?
I knew some people who knew some people who said it would be really fun! So I headed off as support crew on the M2M a few years ago and was inspired to get my lazy bum into gear and to do an activity myself! 
 
6. What regular exercise do you do? What irregular exercise do you do?
Hmmm... Not enough is the short answer to this! I go to a group/personal training session once a week and I aim for a walk/jog/swim on a number of other occasions each week (however am rarely successful!) That said am a keen (but rubbish) netballer, have played touch footy, dabbled in squash, racquetball, tennis and am more than willing to give anything a go! 
 
7. What's your favourite/most challenging HypoActive event and why?
My favourite HA event is the Run for the Kids as it is very do-able for people of all fitness levels, shows off my favourite town in the world and supports a great charity! The most challenging event I have completed was the Murray River Marathon! 5 days of gruelling pain but I was overwhelmed with pride for both myself and my team mates when we finished! One of the most rewarding weeks of my life to date!
  
8. How do you need to modify your diabetes regime when you exercise? Does this change depending on what activity you are undertaking (i.e. varying intensity, duration etc)?
This of course depends on whether the activity is planned in advance or is a spur of the moment desire for a run (i wish this happened more regularly!!)
Generally speaking though i reduce my long acting insulin in advance and subsequent to the exercise I reduce the short acting insulin I give for food in the 12 hours following. This approach gives wide and varied response... I seem to be able to maintain relatively good control in the hours on either side of exercise but struggle with hypos overnight and up to 36 hours later (which is pattern free and is frustrating at best!) I am hoping that commencement on an insulin pump in mid November will allow me a little more freedom around exercising (and will cease my need to consume food in the middle of the night!) 
 
9. What's the most surprising thing you have learned about your diabetes through exercise or relating to diabetes and exercise?
There are several things that amaze me to this day! I am amazed at how many hours post exercise the effect on bgl remain. I am amazed at the difference a few mmol/L can make in your exercise performance. I am amazed that exercise can make a high blood sugar go up (despite understanding the theory - this is not common sense!!!)
And I am amazed by the fact that after 22 years of living with diabetes that I still don't have a routine that works every time!!
 
10. What sporting related entity do you find inspiring and why?
I find anybody and everybody who drags themselves off the couch or out of bed to perform any type of exercise regardless of duration and intensity inspiring. I hate to miss out so they are inspiring me to join them!