People with diabetes run 5Ks and ultras, ride around the block and ride a century, walk the dog and hike Yosemite, do tai chi and taekwondo, drive to school and in the Indy 500, swim with the kids and around the Keys, skate on ice and roller derby teams, climb trees and climb Kilimanjaro, play pickup ball and in the NBA.
You're diabetic?! Yeah.
Diabetes & Exercise Alliance
Groups & Websites for Active T1 & T2 Diabetics
No organization — D&E or anyone else — has a monopoly on making a difference and I'm all about sharing resources with people who need them.
Just contact me and I'll add your group or website as long as you support physical activity for people with diabetes and you want to help people with diabetes juggle exercise, food, insulin & meds as successfully as they can. If you see a broken link or unreachable address, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the other hand, if you know nothing about actually living with diabetes and you simply want to sell stuff to people with diabetes because you heard there are a lot of us out here, go away.
Team Blood Glucose
Contact: Paul Buchanan
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1Z8
U.S. - National
Type 1 Diabetic Athletes Facebook Group
Type 1 Run (chapters around the country)
U.S. - States
Little Rock Diabetes and Exercise
Denver Diabetes and Exercise
Type 1 Diabetes Lounge
North East, MD
Twin Cities Sweatabetes
STL Dawn Phenom
Active on Insulin
Diabetes Training Camp (Lancaster, PA)
Diabetes and Exercise Alliance – DFW
Diabetes and Exercise Alliance - Austin
Type One Run - San Antonio
Jennifer Wimpee (email@example.com)
Diabetes and Exercise Alliance - Midland, Odessa, and Permian Basin
Houston Diabetes and Exercise Alliance
Tyler Type 1 Diabetes Foundation
Virginia ‘Betes Peeps
(Diabetes-specific fitness training)
The Diabetes and Exercise Alliance is a free grassroots organization led by volunteers.
You’re one of us if…
1) You have Type 1 or Type 2 or another form of diabetes
Our get-togethers are usually just us diabetic folks. Our fitness activities welcome everyone, so bring your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, kids, parents, whatever. The more the merrier.
2) You’re physically active
From a short daily walk to an ultramarathon, it’s all good. (Or hiking or weight-lifting or roller derby or mountain biking or triathlons or karate or…you get the idea!)
For example, our group cycling rides have had everything from a 10-year old boy on his first mountain bike to a 65-year old woman near the head of the pack on her road bike. Some folks ride about 20 miles at 10 mph while others ride 70+ miles and average 15 – 20 mph.
3) You want to share
…non-judgmental ideas about juggling exercise, food, insulin & meds, testing and doctor and equipment experiences with folks who really get it.
This is not for you if:
1) You just want to complain about how your endo doesn’t get you
We're all diabetics here—and we all had to go through the difficult journey of acceptance, grieving, and getting past the self-blame. If you're still dealing with that, get help. Then when you're in a better place emotionally, can see your BG numbers as data and your challenges as opportunities, come see us.
In the mean time, please don’t post a problem to any of the Facebook groups unless you’re actually looking for a solution.
2) You’re not active
Active is anything from “decided to walk today” all the way to semi-professional athlete.
But if you’re still at the “one of these days…I know I oughta…” stage, don’t count on us to supply your motivation.
3) You just want to sell stuff to diabetics
If you’re selling something relevant to diabetes and exercise, the first step is to actually participate in our community and add value by sharing your fitness know-how, or sports nutrition know-how, or whatever. Get to know us, and chances are you'll be welcome here.
On the other hand, if all you do is post ads on our Facebook page, we will delete the ads and drop you from our list, especially if such posts appear to be exploiting fear, self-judgment, and body image insecurity. Consider this your first and final warning on that matter.
We informally and enthusiastically collaborate with anyone who shares our interests: ADA (especially Tour de Cure and StepOut, naturally), JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes, and local businesses like bike shops and running clubs and yoga studios.
For example, in Dallas we routinely promote training rides to D&E members and also to folks who want to ride in the North Texas Tour de Cure. We're big fans of Beyond Type 1 and we also collaborate with the folks at Medtronic and Omnipod and so on, since the best way to rope in more Type 1s and Type 2s is to talk to people who are talking to them all the time!
But: it’s entirely up to you whether you want to join a group like ADA or JDRF, and you won’t get any fundraising or membership pressure from us. The goal is to stay active and figure out how to do it better and smarter, period.
Sure, you can start a chapter!
It’s easy and it won’t cost you anything. Just email me to get the ball rolling. I'll customize a logo for you tailored to your locale.
We only have three rules.
Using the name and logo is free; but you have to follow our rules. If you don’t, you can’t use the Diabetes & Exercise Alliance name or logo.
And the rules are…
1) This is a grassroots organization.
Membership is free, events are free, and the chapters are run by volunteers.
You can ask for nominal amounts occasionally to defray costs, but that’s it. And to be honest, we discourage that. Your time – not money – is what really makes D&E go.
2) Everyone’s welcome
Type 1, Type 2, young, old, any size, all abilities, any flavor.
You get the idea. I-N-C-L-U-S-I-V-E.
No blame, no shame. It’s not your fault you’re diabetic. Stuff happens. Period.
What you do about it is up to you.
3) You can’t use our logos for commercial gain
But, if you have a diabetes-related logo merchandise idea, get in touch – we can probably add it to the Wellness Victories store for you.
Don't like the whole "chapter" thing?
Sometimes it's not about finding someone local who knows what it's like to train for athletic events as a T1D. Maybe you need a larger pool of insight or just a chance to talk to people who are doing what you're doing—regardless of where they live.
If so, check out these other AWESOME support organizations on Facebook.
This group is largely strength and high-intensity interval training oriented, but has some runners, cyclists and triathletes, including quite a few Ironman finishers. A VERY large group, and if you're Type 1 and athletic, you WILL find someone like you in this group.
This group is for both T1Ds and T2Ds who find themselves in that world where epic is their everyday training and are looking for advice and fellowship from those who know what it's like.