College athlete proves what is possible with type 1 diabetes
The work required to manage type 1 diabetes can be daunting as it is, but trying to compete against some of the world's best athletes at the same time can make things even more difficult. Yet, this is the situation facing Florida State Seminoles running back Ty Jones.
The senior running back scored five touchdowns last season and rushed for 527 yards despite his condition. The team's coaching staff told Fox Sports Florida that Jones may be primed for an even more successful season this year because he has put more effort into managing his condition.
"Ty faces a little bit of something with his diabetes, so he's got to manage that," Eddie Gran, the team's running backs coach, told the news source. "Sometimes, it can just creep up on him, and it's not his fault. But I think, right now, he's managed it the best he has."
Gran added that the physical nature of practices and the temperature - which often tops out above 100 degrees during the Florida summer - can make practices even more difficult for Jones. However, the efforts he has made to control his blood sugar have paid off, as he has performed well in pre-season practices.
The experience of Jones shows that it is not impossible to compete at a high level with type 1 diabetes. In fact, a recent commentary published in the journal Diabetes Spectrum
pointed out that physical activity is recommended for individuals with the condition.
If a young person with type 1 diabetes wants to participate in sports like football, it is important for their parents and coaches to have a plan for them. The authors of the article said that blood sugar can remain at normal levels during competition as long as energy demands are managed properly.