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For many people, free time means freedom. The freedom to do what you want, when you want. There are some people who can never get enough exercise in their free time. Then there are those who prefer to sit in a deckchair and read a book or go to the cinema. It is no different for people with type 1 diabetes. Except for the fact that active leisure time requires less insulin, passive leisure time more.

A sporty woman climbs up the climbing wall
Leisure time means freedom

However, with products specifically designed for people with type 1 diabetes, this is easy to regulate. For example, some systems offer a function that delivers more insulin to the body immediately or with a time lag. People who like to spend their free time relaxing should take into account that even short walks, spring cleaning or stress can lower blood sugar and should therefore always keep carbohydrates handy for emergencies.

People who pursue active hobbies also benefit: To reduce insulin delivery, some systems offer the option to automatically reduce insulin delivery. Such programmes start a few hours before the activity so that healthy values are maintained later on. Or additional carbohydrates are consumed. Because smart systems think for themselves, they usually adjust the amount of insulin delivered, even if the body responds differently than usual.

So people with type 1 diabetes can do all the sports that various high-performing athletes with type 1 diabetes do. There are also special sports groups for people with type 1 diabetes. Caution is advised with extreme sports such as skydiving or extreme rock climbing: There is an increased risk in the event of impaired consciousness due to hypoglycaemia, which is why professional advice is recommended before undertaking such activities.

Even a spontaneous jump into the water is no cause for major concern thanks to intelligent systems, because many products are waterproof and can work temporarily without a connection to the sensor. A note of caution, however: Hypoglycaemia can never be avoided altogether. You should therefore have your hypo kit with you at all times. It is also advisable to keep an activity diary to better understand your own insulin needs and how they fluctuate.

Leisure activities even help with cardiovascular diseases and other secondary diseases related to diabetes: They reduce the risk of such diseases developing and help maintain a healthy body weight. If insulin resistance is present, regular exercise helps the body's cells to react more sensitively to insulin. This can improve long-term blood glucose levels. For activities during times of the day with high insulin demand (early in the morning and in the evening), insulin should not be reduced too much to avoid hypoglycaemia. It is also important to check your blood glucose more often than usual during sports activities.

So there are also technical aids and tips for people with diabetes to allow them to organise their leisure time without any restrictions. With smart products and systems for automated insulin delivery (AID), most leisure activities can also be undertaken spontaneously. The devices are inconspicuous, handy, adapt to the person and thus allow fun, leisure - and freedom.

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