You have a personal interest in diabetes since your youngest son, Brett, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 7 years-old. Now that Brett is 13 and plays hockey, how has that changed your perception of sports and diabetes?

Gary Katz sports and diabetesAlthough sports and staying healthy is challenging enough and diet in sports is very important when you are at the competitive level – I find it very interesting when athletes are challenged by… when athletes who have type 1 diabetes… I’m impressed by how they are able to incorporate that lifestyle with their highly competitive nature and how they have to stay on top of and know their bodies probably better than any athlete due to their challenge that comes along with type 1 diabetes.

This is something that is near and dear to me. My son has type 1 diabetes and I’m impressed by how he monitors his own body. And how involved the family has to be in optimizing his sugar level and his health while playing competitive sports. There are many athletes out there that compete at the professional, collegiate and youth level that have a normal life and have type 1 diabetes.  

As technology improves, it is going to give athlete with diabetes better ways and practices to assist in managing their condition while performing at high level of competition.