For many people, free time means freedom. The freedom to do what and when you want. There are people who can never get enough exercise in their free time. Then there are those who prefer to read a book in a deck chair or go to the movies. It's no different for people with type 1 diabetes. Except that they have to consider that the active type of leisure requires less insulin and the passive more.
However, with products designed specifically for people with type 1 diabetes, this can be easily accomplished. For example, some systems offer a function that delivers more insulin to the body immediately or with a delay. People who like to spend their free time the easy way should bear in mind that even short walks, spring cleaning or stress can lower blood sugar - so always keep carbohydrates handy for emergencies.
Active leisure time shapers also get help: To reduce insulin intake, some systems offer the option of automatically reducing insulin delivery. Such programs start a few hours before the activity so that the values fit later. Or additional carbohydrates are taken. Because smart systems think for themselves, they usually adjust the amount of insulin even if the body reacts differently than usual.
People with type 1 diabetes can therefore participate in all types of sports, which is also what various high-performance 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 climbing: There is an increased risk of impaired consciousness due to hypoglycemia, which is why a specialist should be consulted beforehand.
Thanks to intelligent systems, almost nothing stands in the way of a spontaneous jump into the water, because many products are waterproof and can work temporarily without a connection to the sensor. But be careful: hypoglycemia can never be completely avoided because there is active insulin in the body after the activity. Therefore, the hypo kit must always be with you. It is also advisable to keep an activity diary to better understand your own insulin needs and their fluctuations.
In the case of cardiovascular diseases and other diabetes-related secondary diseases, leisure activities even help: they reduce the risk of such diseases and ensure a healthy body weight. If insulin resistance is present, regular exercise helps the body's cells respond more sensitively to insulin. This can improve long-term blood glucose levels. For activities during times of day with high insulin demand – i.e. early in the morning and in the evening – insulin should not be reduced too much in order to avoid hypoglycemia. In addition, it is important to check blood glucose more frequently than usual during sports.
So for people with diabetes, too, there are devices and tips to help them enjoy their free time without restrictions. With smart products and hybrid closed-loop systems, it can also be arranged spontaneously in most cases. The devices are inconspicuous, handy, adapt to the person and thus ensure fun, leisure – and freedom.