The tweetchat this week will take place on Tuesday 22nd October between 8:00pm and 9:00pm and will be hosted by Gavin Griffiths (aka @Diathlete). The @OurDiabetes account will be retweeting his questions to ensure you know when to respond but if you aren’t already following Gavin, maybe now is the time to start… and here’s why…
Gavin was diagnosed at the age of 8 in the year 2000. Since diagnosis Gavin has competed in ultra marathons, the first (a distance of 29 miles) in 2008 raised money for the diabetes clinic at Queen Marts Hospital in Sidcup.
In 2009 he ran 50 miles around the Isle of Wight in just two days and hosted a live music gig raising £2000 for Diabetes UK for which he received the Bryan Walliker Fundraising Achievement Award.
In 2010 he co-founded the Bexley Young Diabetics group and returned to the Isle of Wight raising a further £2000 for Diabetes UK!
In 2012 he completed a 44 mile ultra-marathon raising funds for JDRF.
Gavin was a torchbearer for the London 2012 Olympics in recognition of his achievements.
In 2013 he completed the 30/30 Challenge – 30 miles per day for 30 days from John O’Groats to Lands End.
If that wasn’t enough he also represents Diabetes UK as a Young Leader advocate in the newly formed YLAG to support 16-30 year old young adults with Type 1 diabetes living across the UK.
You can find out more about Diathlete on the Diathlete website.
Participating in the tweetchat
So, if you haven’t participated in a tweetchat before or are unsure how to participate in the chat, everything you need to know is explained in the article Explaining Tweetchats.
So take a look at the questions that will be asked, consider reading some of the linked material, have a think about your answers and join in on Tuesday with your thoughts – it’s as simple as that!
The “Sports and Exercise” Questions
- What are the best Blood Sugar Levels to aim for before engaging in exercise?
- What blood sugar levels help you to be fully concentrated during sport?
- How come after some forms of exercise you find that your blood sugar levels go hyper?
- How many carbohydrates do you need to consume each hour during exercise to prevent hypos?
- How do you consume enough carbohydrates to prevent hypos during exercise without feeling sick?
- Should background insulin (basal rate) be lowered for exercise?