My name is Marcus Pezzaioli, I am a type 1 diabetic, diagnosed at the age of 32. I starting running again the same year and share all I learn here, at www.diabeticstokebloke.com
I started out with a simple enough goal… running a 5K. You can read about the start of my training for it here, and the completion of it here. I laid out ten tips here to help others who are thinking about starting out on their own path to fitness with type 1.
Right now I’m looking to progress further, by running a sub 25 minute 5K.
My Diagnosis Story
It was a Saturday morning, I sat on my living room sofa and noticed just how loose my trousers were. Suddenly a wave of panic hit me; I’d been constantly thirsty for a couple of months, was waking up every night to go to the toilet, and kept getting horrible cramps in my feet and calves. Something was wrong, and while I kept getting complimented on my weight loss, I realised I was very skinny (compared to my usual size at least!) and had done absolutely nothing to reach this new size. After I jumped on the scales and saw that I was lighter now at the age of 32 than I had been at the age of 18, did I do the sensible thing and go the doctors? Yes… After a very ill advised decision to try and put weight on for a week (Do not repeat my mistake if you end up in this situation!).
The next Saturday I went to the GP, and was basically told there and then I had type 1 diabetes. 4 days later, blood test results arrived and confirmed it. And that’s it, that’s how I found out one week before my first child was born that I had a disease that used to be known as ‘Juvenile Diabetes’.
As you can imagine the weeks that followed that hectic April in 2018 were one hell of a learning curve. Luckily, my wife Nikki is my absolute rock, and kept me sane during those first few weeks of taking the same dose of insulin no matter what I ate, and watching my sugars go up to and down from what now seem insanely high levels. This was a new mum by the way; I haven’t got a clue how she managed it all! She pulled me out of a very dark place, and gave me the belief I could manage this new situation.
The Vision for Diabetic Stoke Bloke
As time has passed, with the support of my family and friends, some semblance of normality has entered my life. I started to properly exercise again in September 2018 (after a very sporadic jog here and there over July and August).
My vision is to share my success and failures, to show anybody with type 1 diabetes who is afraid to exercise that they can do it too.
Disclaimer – It is essential that you do not take on board any advice given on this website without first seeking the advice of a medical professional. Any descriptions of different ways in which I manage my type 1 diabetes on this website, including in the comments, are given in good faith, and are shared merely as suggestions which should be ran past a doctor or diabetes specialist nurse.