A type 1 diabetes diagnosis can be a wake-up call that gets people moving

A type 1 diabetes diagnosis can be devastating for young people. Many individuals think mostly about what they will not be able to do as a result of their condition. However, sometimes diabetes can motivate individuals to make improvements in their lives.

Such was the case with Ben Semeyn of Rockford, Michigan. He told the Grand Rapids Press that he was never much of an athlete growing up. However, when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 23 he decided to make some lifestyle changes.

Six years later, Semeyn has competed in 10 marathons and four Ironman triathlons. He is about to participate in a 24-hour relay run that will span the entire U.S. Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes has allowed him to find the benefits of an active lifestyle that involves plenty of exercise.

This is a benefit a number of diabetics have noticed. Due to the fact that exercise plays such a crucial role in managing blood sugar levels, many people who never gave a thought to the importance of exercise before their diagnosis become much more physically active once they find out they have the condition.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says that moderate physical activity is one of the best ways for diabetics to lower their blood sugar levels. This reduce the odds that a person will experience problems with their kidneys, eyes, nerves, feet, legs and teeth.

While overall health may be worse for a person with type 1 diabetes, the condition forces people to give more thought to their well-being. This can help individuals realize health benefits that they may not have before their diagnosis.