Dealing With Diabetes

By Mike Hoge

Video Article

Mike Hoge of Comal CrossFit missed Regionals in 2012 but figured it was because the competition was getting better and better.

When he started losing weight, performing poorly at the gym, waking up with a dry mouth and urinating frequently, Hoge used the Internet to come up with a self-diagnosis of diabetes. Turns out he was right on, and he was hospitalized shortly after that.

“I remember just putting my head in my pillow and just bawling, just crying my eyes out. ‘Why is this happening? Where do I go from here?’” he says.

Faced with a choice about how to live his life, Hoge chose to reject limitations and become an expert on managing his symptoms.

“I started eating a lot cleaner. I check my blood sugar 12 times a day. I kind of made a transformation from decent CrossFitter to could-go-to-Regionals CrossFitter,” he says.

After adjusting his diet and learning how to deal with diabetes after hard workouts, Hoge finished 53rd in the Open in the South Central Region, and he bettered that placing by finishing 29th at the Regional. His success was a confirmation that diabetes is not going to dominate his life.

“I have the tools in my life to deal with this, I mean, 100 percent,” he says. “I’ve got CrossFit; I’m surrounded by like-minded people who like to eat the same way.”

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Additional reading: No Limits by Catherine Cochran, published June 21, 2010.

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3 Comments on “Dealing With Diabetes”


wrote …

Very good job. This is a hard thing to manage. It's great to see you doing it.


wrote …

Thanks for sharing your story. Great to watch and I wish you success in the future.

You may have already thoroughly searched the CF site and web, however I remember a very interesting discussion on Type 1 diabetes and Crossfit from a few years back. (See here link safe for work.) I was especially intrigued about the utility of the HbA1C for the general public vs striving for excellence in terms of sugar control.

There was also talk in the comments about Type 1 diabetic Crossfitters getting together to swap ideas, tips, tricks, pitfalls, etc. Not sure if anything came out of it, or if more discussion occurred on the CF Message Boards. I'm sure if it peaked your interest, you could email any of them.

Good luck!


wrote …

Hi Mike thanks for getting on camera and sharing your story. I've been type 1 for over 16 years now and discovered CrossFit in the last 3. It's upgraded my life completely, and despite my doctors and healthcare team not agreeing with the eating and the exercise I kept at it and have managed to learn how my body reacts, and to manage that reaction for the gains afterwards. I've become a Leel 1 trainer and coach every week, and share my passin for food and movement everyday.

The WOD spike is interesting and a component that took quite abit of tinkering. When we lift weighta and go balls to the wall in a wod - your liver releases glycogen which converts to glucose to provide energy for the required movement and exercise.Iit's intense, so it needs it NOW. Thats why you spike. When you don't have enough insulin to handle this spike, your bg stays high and this also messes wiith your performance because you don't have access to the energy your body is providing (lack of insulin).

Compare this to a hike or jog in the park, or skiing - this will cause your bg to plummet and before doing any of these activities you'll probably need to take a snack. These are less intense, and your body will not immeiately release glycogen but trather use what us available in your blood, hence the drop.

The way I currently do it depends on my bg going into the wod and if I'm taking carbs. If my bg is normal, I take 50g carbs in the form of dates, and bolus 5 units. This has been working really well and resulted in perfect bg levels post nearly every time. Granted this may not work for you, we're all unique, but the point I want to make is - keep on tinkering! Keep it up Mike and good luck for 2014! You're an inspiration to all type 1's out there who are a victim to their disease.

Mke it happen ;)

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