June’s Diabetes Roundtable (Inspired by Bret Michaels) podcast special guest, Tony Cervati, is the President and CEO of Type1Rider. This biking enthusiast from Durham, NC doesn’t let an unexpected blood sugar get him down. He believes it helps to focus on trends, and long term health and A1C goals. Not the last BG, or the next BG.
We hope Tony’s story will help to empower you to manage your diabetes with confidence, knowledge and inspiration (like a DUDE!) this month.
Tony’s “Diagnosis To Dude” Story: “I don’t think I ever didn’t accept my diagnosis. I have never rebelled against nor felt any angst towards the disease. It is just something that needs to be done. Like breathing.
When I started to focus on it more was when I got to high school. Beginning to play organized varsity level sports, there was a specific need to understand diabetes, and learn how to manipulate it to make me perform better. It was probably at that time, 1983, that I began to focus more on the particulars. Become self aware of the cause and effect diabetes has on physical athletic performance.”
Tony’s Biggest Self-Care Issue or Concern: “I have been very lucky to be 36 years into this disease and still be rocking it effect free. I test my BG at least 10 times a day, and have learned, mostly the hard way, how my body will react to situation, foods, etc.
I would like to hope that I can continue to take care of myself as well as I have over the next years.”
Special members of Tony’s healthcare entourage: ”The most important individual in my “healthcare entourage” has to be my beautiful fiance Diane Pridmore. Diane has an amazing working knowledge of diabetes, being a d-mom as well, and always provides unwavering support. She has an uncanny ability to detect non-optimum BGs, knows how certain foods will affect me, shows endless patience with dealing with diabetes, contributes in every way imaginable to my care, and is selfless in allowing me to further the efforts of the Type1Rider & Blue Heel Society organizations.
Working with me from the purely medical side is Joe Largay of the University of North Carolina’s Diabetes Care Center. Joe has never flinched when I explain to him what I would like to attempt on the bike, and provides endless resources in helping me to achieve my goals.”
Diabetes Associations that Tony is Affiliated With:
Founder & CEO of The Type1Rider Organization
Co-Founder, CEO, and CIO of The Blue Heel Society
Member of Diabetes Advocates
Published in Dr. Adler’s My Sweet Life: Successful Men with Diabetes
Tony’s Favorite Diabetes Resource:
“My favorite written resources about diabetes are the ones that tell stories – personal stories – of struggle & triumph with diabetes. Both of Dr. Adler’s “My Sweet Life” books are tremendous reads. It’s always amazing the completely different paths, of everything, for each person, but yet the commonalties that get exposed during the telling of experiences.
The best online resource that I can imagine would be the DOC (diabetes online community) as a whole. I have NEVER seen love and support like I do from the DOC. Not only in my own personal experience (the book with all the images from kids with diabetes on their bikes after my near death first try at Tour Divide) to the middle of the night battling hypos support they provide each other. Hundreds of thousands of individuals, spread across the planet, united, arm & arm, in battle against this disease. It is a true miracle.”
Tony’s Favorite Celebrity Dude: ”I am big fan of Chuck Yeager – the first person to break the sound barrier in an airplane. Think about it. No computer sims, no fancy computing power, no real safety plan. Just sir… take this rocket powered plan and hit the go button. We are not sure what will happen, or even if you can control the plane at that speed… but hey, you’ll tell us right? A little off the wall? Yup.
Like living with diabetes in a way, yeah? No way to be exactly sure what the D will though at us next. We just need to be as prepared as possible using the tools we have, and deal with what comes.”
Favorite TV Show: Deadliest Catch
Favorite Movie: Dead Poets Society / WALL-E
Favorite Song: My top 3 would be Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love”, Springsteen’s “Terry’s Song”, and Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive”.
Favorite Fitness Equipment: Bicycles. Naturally!!! LOL!! Bicycles are toys, and, yet, can literally change the world in an endless number of ways.
Motivating Mindset: Truly when dealing with diabetes it is important to keep you eye on the horizon, and the long term goals. It’s not very important that a BG taken today at 2:33pm is 304. That is not a good BG, nor a bad BG. It is a simple measurement of the amount of glucose in the blood stream. Correct it, and move on.
Lots of folks over analyze the cause of a specific BG. Diabetes is one of the most complicated diseases on the planet. There may or may not be a identifiable cause for that 304 mg/dL example.
Treat it and move on.
You must focus on trends, and long term health and A1C goals. Not the last BG, or the next BG.
If you run high everyday at lunch, then that is a trend and a correction may need to be made. But one high isolated BG, in the afternoon, by itself, is not going to cause any long term issues.
Also, its ok to enjoy things – all things – in moderation. At a b-day party? Eat cake!! Want to do a hot dog eating contest at the fair? Go for the win!! Do not let diabetes prevent you from experiences and things that bring you joy.
Just don’t do that everyday. Very closely related to overall health, not so much just diabetes health.
Tony’s Motto:“Keep Choppin’. Just Keep Choppin’!”
COMING SOON: Diabetes Roundtable Inspired by Bret Michaels on 6/11/2013 6:00 PMEDT http://www.blogtalkradio.com/divatalkradio1/2013/06/11/diabetes-roundtable-inspired-by-bret-michaels