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Ask Tyson!

Meet Tyson, a personal trainer living with type 1 diabetes.  Tyson was diagnosed when he was a college student with type 1 and his diagnosis completely changed his life. Read his story below on why being diagnosed was "the best thing that ever happened" to him. 

Tyson is here to help YOU with questions you might have on exercise and managing your blood sugar while exercising.  Feel free to send him an email to:
or, you can also find him under the "The Diabetes Dude Forum" page under the "Ask Tyson" section!

How Diabetes Saved My Life

My name is Tyson. You may not know me, but if you are one of the millions of people that are overweight or do not get enough exercise, I know you. I was there. I was you. Then I got diagnosed with Diabetes. I had Type 1 at the age of 21. I was 260 pounds and couldn’t see my toes over my stomach.  I was on a college diet. Beer and pizza, and not nearly enough exercise.  It was the best thing to happen to me.

Diabetes is not in my family, the nurse said I just drew the short straw. Having diabetes was part of the cards that I had drawn in life. It was going to be all about how I played my cards.  It was the end of a school year; I missed my sister’s graduation from college while in recovery and scared the heck out of my mother.  I had begun to thin out towards the end of the year for no apparent reason. My vision began to get blurry. Then I couldn’t hold down food. I knew something was wrong.

I arrived back home from school and began to get compliments on how much weight I had lost. Most people had no idea how drastically my life had changed, but it felt good to be thin for once.  My new life had begun. My mom introduced me to a great nutritionist and I was at the gym almost every day. I had to check my sugar levels and take insulin shots at least three times a day.  Certainly not easy, but what could I do?

Four years later I found myself to be an exercise fanatic and thus far it has been my savior in keeping my disease under control.  While I still need to take insulin, the amount I take is regulated, and sometimes decreased based on how I exercise on any given day. 

I will do my best to open up your eyes as to how you, whether you have Type 1 Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes, can benefit from exercise.  If you are apparently healthy, your benefit will be to avoid what has happened to me and those with Type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes, along with many other diseases are preventable with lifestyle change, so take charge of your life and control your destiny!  Don't end up like me.  Don't wait for something bad to happen to make a move.  If you can prevent a disease, why not take the steps to do so?  Don't make time your excuse anymore.  What is 30 minutes a day?  This is your life we're talking about.  Think about the quality of life.  Most of us think bout investing money for retirement, well, I think it's time America start to invest some time for a healthier future!