SanofiTuesday 24 January 2012, 10:46AM
Media release from Sanofi
Auckland diabetes specialist physician, Dr Rinki Murphy said she
was really inspired talking to members of top professional cycling
team, Team Type 1 Sanofi, who are competing in the New Zealand
Cycle Classic from January 25-29.
Team Type 1 Sanofi is unique in professional cycling in that six
of its 21 riders have Type 1 diabetes. They aim to show that
having diabetes need not stop you from reaching your personal goals
"I see some adolescents who have Type 1 diabetes and it would be
really good if they could talk to each other and meet athletes like
these," said Dr Murphy, who was one of around 30 people, including
diabetes specialists, nurses and dieticians, who met the team at a
special community outreach event in Auckland yesterday (January
Dr Murphy asked team member Fabio Calabria, who is the reigning
Australian sprint cycling champion, how he manages his Type 1
diabetes. The young rider, who spoke openly to the audience
about his condition, said:
"I keep a routine by eating the same things most days and taking
the same dosage of insulin. When we travel it's harder because of
the different time zones and different foods so I just have to
monitor my sugar levels a lot more. It's just an added challenge
but if you monitor it you can catch it before it goes up or
Diabetes is a major and growing health issue for New Zealand. Of
high income countries, this country has the fourth highest rate of
diabetes. Over 200,000 New Zealanders have diabetes, and every day
40 more people are diagnosed. By 2021, it's estimated it could cost
the country over a billion dollars each year.
While Type 1 diabetes is unavoidable, the most common form of
diabetes in New Zealand, Type 2 diabetes, can mostly be prevented
by staying active and choosing healthier foods.
Sanofi's diabetes team is working with Diabetes New Zealand and
Cycle Tour organisers to create a programme of community outreach
activities with the team while they are in New Zealand.
Diabetes Auckland general manager John Denton presented Esthie de
Wet of Hobsonville with a Diabetes Achievement Award at yesterday's
event. Counties-Manukau DHB clinical nurse specialist Theresa
Busler nominated Ms De Wet for the award for maintaining good
glycaemic control of her diabetes.
Esthie is a full time student at Auckland University. She is also
a highly committed athlete who has been chosen to be part of the
Auckland Rowing Development Squad. This involves cardiovascular and
weight training up to 10 times a week. She also manages to hold
down a part time job.
"Esthie understands the importance of excellent glycaemic control
not only to ensure that she performs at her peak as an athlete -
but also to reduce the risk for complications. As a result of this
and her hectic training schedule she tests frequently and makes
constant adjustments to her regimen to improve outcomes," Mrs
Busler said in her nomination.