In addition to the general benefit over the diabetic disease, hiking is the opportunity to observe how your diabetes responds to physical exercise and to better understand and recognize the risks. It is a good school to learn how to manage your illness particularly when hiking with your practice group.
“This is important for a diabetic. Under a long and constant effort, as is the case with hiking, one can truly observe the behavior of one’s diabetes and better learn to manage one’s illness, better understand and recognize the risks. “And also, together, they learn from one other the tricks to re-sugar themselves, and about medical or technological advances“, explains Marcel Lavoisier.
“Hiking is also a sport that allows diabetics to aerate their head, and to break the loneliness and isolation that some live,” adds Michael Pliers.
Denise, a diabetic, is convinced and explained her conviction on the website “Hiking & diabetes”. “I was led by the nose by my diabetes until the day when, approaching fifty, I told myself: I‘ll manage it and get it to work.” Having no gift for sports, I really could not see at the time what else I could do, besides hiking […]. I was in such bad shape that a pair of ladies’ hiking boots felt too heavy for me.”
She hiked for the first time in the Mt Rainier Park where she made the acquaintance “of an enthusiastic couple” who were returning from a week of hiking. “From the outset, with eyes closed, I registered for a five day Trek […].“ It has been now five years that I participated actively in hiking & diabetes actions.”
“With such diseases, a doctor and constant medical monitoring are needed. But in actuality, everything is possible, elaborates Michael Pliers. We have partnered with groups of diabetics in order to take hiking trips to Nepal, to the Morocco, or in the Atlas desert.”
“For twenty years, this action, as well as many others, gradually changes the self image of the diabetic”, agree our two interlocutors. “In the Group of patients with type I diabetes, some will succeed even in very high levels of performance. One example of a top athlete is Gary Hall, Olympic swimming champion”. But beware, the medical certificate is compulsory and medical monitoring is essential! It is first and foremost necessary to determine the hiking program that‘s best suits every diabetic.
The “Hiking & diabetes” association is open to all: diabetic, family, friends and also to physicians and other medical companions. In total, over one hundred sixty people attend its rallies. Diabetes and hiking, it really works!