Episode 2 ─ Against the Odds: Elite Athletes with Type 1 Diabetes

Can people living with type 1 diabetes rise to elite levels in sports? And if so, what does it take to get there?

The challenge of blood glucose management and the fear of hypoglycaemia keep many people with type 1 diabetes from exercising regularly.

Training for a competitive sport at an elite level is a big task in and of itself. Adding diabetes to this means dealing with even more challenges. However, new research investigates novel approaches to improving exercise-associated glucose management.

Listen as the Head of Research for Team Novo Nordisk’s Professional Cycling Team and Chief Physician from Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus discuss the challenges and solutions for elite and recreational athletes living with type 1 diabetes.

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  • Sam Scott, formerly postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Bern; currently Head of Research for Team Novo Nordisk’s Professional Cycling Team.

  • Esben Vestergaard, Chief Physician at Aarhus University Hospital and Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus.


  • Gretchen Repasky, Communications Director, Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine and University of Helsinki


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