Many times we hear our patients complain that they are limited because of their diabetes, and they then start to regress, blaming the disease for everything. Would that be worse if you were a top athlete just coming into your prime? And what if your medical team told you that the sport you had chosen to excel in was too dangerous to participate in if you had diabetes?
This week, as the Tour de France moves into its second week, we have the story of Stephen Clancy, who was Ireland’s top young cyclist in 2012, diagnosed with diabetes in the next year, and worked his way up to participating in the upcoming Tour of Utah race with some of the same participants riding in France today. His story goes to show that no one should be allowed to use diabetes as an excuse.