Hi Everyone,

Firstly, I hope everyone had a memorable and festive World Diabetes Day. I celebrated by getting up early, taking some insulin, checking my blood glucose level frequently throughout the day, then taking some more insulin later on. Then even more before I went to bed. I finished the day feeling tired, but reflected on how worthwhile it had all been. Quite a day.

I very recently got invited to join a new Facebook group: Type One Diabetes, Australian & New Zealand Low Carb Support Group. It only started up a few weeks ago and already they've got hundreds of members. It's a very good mixture of folk and there certainly are some fine recipes. I've been bowled over by the number of type 1's who have lately been both hinting at and diving headlong into low carb diets - and some of these type 1's are hearty exercisers.

I've had a look at the science and just to clarify for everyone - it's really complicated and difficult. What's being claimed for fat adaption is that low carbers lose weight, gain muscle more easily, can exercise for much longer without refueling, have decreased appetite and, perhaps most importantly, achieve far better blood glucose control. I guess it kind of makes sense that you don't have to worry about counting carbs - if you're not eating them.

It's a big move though. Not only are you going to have to do some serious calculating - risk-taking guesswork probably - to alter your insulin regime (so what's new?), but you'll also have to say goodbye to chips, pizza, spaghetti, roast potatoes, muffins, cereal, rice and all forms of biscuit. To name just a few.

I wonder if any readers would care to share their experience of making the big switch. Dropping carbs. Fat adapting. If anyone would like to send me their thoughts, I'd love to put up a webpage and let everyone here know what living low carb can mean. You can be anonymous, you can be anything you like.

Look forward to hearing your story.




  • November Fun Run/Walk/Ride: Plus Xmas BBQ - This Weekend!!!
  • AcT1vate 2017: Life is About to Change - Next Weekend!!!
  • Geelong 70.3 Half Ironman - Biggest Type 1 Triathlon Team Ever
  • Murray to Moyne 2018: HypoActive Needs You



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And End of Year HypoActive Xmas BBQ Brunch

Event Date: 26 Nov 2017 - This Weekend!!

It's that time of year again. Time to celebrate achievements, make big plans for the future, wear red hats with floppy tops and pompoms and make it all much better by doing it with other type 1's after a refreshing run, walk or ride round the park.

This year's celebratory event is once more at Kevin Bartlett Reserve in Burnley. It would be great if you could come along and join in with this, our last exercise event for the year and our biggest gathering of friends, but if you can't then you're very welcome to come and join in the lavish spread put on by HypoActive and the hard work of John and Kerri (thanks guys). The BBQ brunch is free, but we would welcome a gold coin donation to help balance our delicate books. Bring the family or a friend: everyone is welcome to share.

Snags, some say they're perfect diabetic food

The day starts with a meet at the usual time - 9.30 am (SHARP!). The Melways reference for the reserve is: page 59, B1. If you reach FR Smith Drive you'll find plenty of parking close to the sign for Collingwood City Soccer Club and you can see the sheltered BBQ area and playground equipment from there.

If you think you can join us, please let John know here so that we can make sure there's plenty for you to eat.



Life-Changing Event - Nearly Upon Us

Event Date: 2 - 3 Dec 2017

Register Now

AcT1vate is a residential weekend dedicated to helping you, or your partner, manage type 1 diabetes and get the most out of exercise. We've got a whole pile of testimonials from type 1's who have come along in the past and found their lives really did change - for the better - as a result of what they learnt and experienced. There will certainly be people there who have considerable athletic accomplishments, but this weekend is also focussed on getting those of you who just need to know a whole lot more before you take the energetic step into regular exercise.

Over the weekend there are lots of choices. You can study physiology, ride a bike, learn about pumps from the experts, dance like a gazelle and have your questions answered by the people who truly have the answers. We've got a stellar line-up and we're Skyping in the world's very best.

Places have been filling steadily for this amazing event. We already have a fantastic number, but there's still room, so with only a couple of days to get your name down, now is the time to sign up and claim your place among wise and the fortunate. Check out our latest webpage here for lots more info. Or if you want to register right now just click here. We also have the final program for you to have a good look.



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Biggest Type 1 Triathlon Team Ever

Event Date: 18 Feb 2018

Hats off to Dave Barnes, our unstoppable runner, swimmer, rider, climber and family man from Tassie for organising this extraordinary event. He's already gathered 7 type 1's to do the full three-leg distance and more than a dozen others who are currently wheeling and dealing to form teams to complete the race in relay. If you think you're up to the challenge, or would like to team up for the event, check out the HypoActive Facebook page where you'll find regular updates or get in touch with Dave Barnes here.

In Dave's words: 'Let’s race together, let’s make this a celebration of fit and active diabetes. Let’s show Australia who we really are.' For more info about the event here is the Geelong Ironman website.



Our Team Needs Riders

Event Date: 6 - 8 Apr 2018

Huge thanks to Leanne Full for once more taking on the big job of organising and captaining this major HypoActive event. The Murray to Moyne (M2M) is a 520 km, 24-hour bicycle relay across the plains of western Victoria, from the banks of the Murray River to the mouth of the Moyne at Port Fairy. It is a challenging event, but the experience of a lifetime. 

The team is split into three groups, so riders spend an hour on the road, then two hours on the support bus. Sometimes, bold type 1 cyclists take extra shifts pedalling, but this is not expected of anyone. Everyone is fed and given a place to sleep. The whole team - noble crew included - live with type 1 diabetes and everyone spends the entire weekend in the jersey pockets of other folk who have to test their blood repeatedly and keep injecting insulin. Perfect company. 

As there are three groups, riders are able to team up with cyclists close to their own abilities. Yes, there will be some very strong type 1 cyclists: we need them to cover long distances at high speeds so that we can get to the end on time. But there are also the not so strong - and the even not as strong as that. One of the main reasons we hold this event is to give a wide range of people the opportunity to experience such a major challenge - without running them into the ground. If you can ride a bike for an hour, then do it again a couple of hours later, then you are ripe for the team event you'll never forget. You don't have to be fast. You just have to have type 1 diabetes.

The other big reason we hold this event is that all participants are asked to put in a big effort to raise money for Diabetes Camps in Victoria and for HypoActive to continue inspiring and enabling type 1's everywhere to get active and enjoy the benefits of exercise.

If you think you could ride with this amazing team on this world famous event, get in touch with Leanne Full and find out more. It sounds daunting, but it's truly fabulous. You won't ever forget it. You'll want to do it again.



That's all for now.

All the best,