Race car driver practices high-speed diabetes management for type 1 diabetes

Keeping track of diabetes medications and blood glucose levels may seem like a full-time job for some people with type 1 diabetes.

However, there are a number of well-known athletes and celebrities who have the condition and insist that other diagnosed individuals can accomplish anything that non-diabetics can.

Race car driver Charlie Kimball provides one example of a person who will go to great lengths to keep his type 1 diabetes in check even when he is driving at speeds of over 100 miles per hour.

The Indy racer recently told TMJ-4 News about how he stuck with his passion for driving even after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Kimball told the news organization that he found out he had the condition later in life - compared to many others who develop type 1 diabetes during childhood - at the age of 26. Although he wasn't sure whether or not he would be able to continue racing, he learned how to incorporate diabetes management into his sport with the help of medical technology.

The news provider reported that Kimball has a continuous blood glucose monitor mounted on the steering wheel of his race car, which helps him avoid instances of high or low blood sugar levels during extensive races. He also uses a customized helmet, which contains sugar-packed beverages that the driver can sip on if he starts to feel dizzy or disoriented due to hypoglycemia.

"It's something you gotta pay even more attention to. I think I’m a better athlete because of my diabetes - more aware of my nutrition, more aware of my body, what’s happening with it," he said, quoted by the news source.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information recommends that individuals with type 1 diabetes who regularly engage in high-intensity physical activity should wear an identification bracelet so that medical personnel will know that they are diabetic, and they can also carry a source of fast-acting carbohydrates to help avoid complications due to hypoglycemia.