Just over 13 years ago, Lara was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Fast forward to today and she is now studying at university whilst also competing in the Australian Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) for the Townsville Fire! To find out more about her journey, we spoke to Lara about basketball, diabetes and everything in between!
Q. Can you tell us about you?
I live a pretty busy lifestyle, factoring in my WNBL commitments and university studies. When I’m not on the basketball court or studying, I love spending some quality time with my family, boyfriend and friends. I love relaxing by going for a surf or reading a good book, playing board games and going on new adventures – whenever I have free time! This is on top of the responsibilities of being an adult and the added stresses of diabetes, which I have been living with since August 2007.
Q. Have you always used CGM to manage your diabetes?
When I first was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I managed my glucose levels with regular finger pricks and insulin injections, with help from an insulin card. Over the years, my management has changed, with different glucose monitors and also with the level of my sport, from representative to elite. As I have moved up the ranks in basketball, my diabetes management has become crucial to my performance. Now that I use Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM, I feel that I have the best control of my diabetes than ever before.
Q: What tools and forms of support do you use to stay on top of your diabetes?
I have found Dexcom has had a hugely positive contribution towards managing my sugar levels, and subsequent health. Specifically, my favourite feature of Dexcom G5 Mobile is the way it communicates with my phone and my smart watch* in telling me how my sugar levels are trending.
Dexcom G5 Mobile is super helpful in alerting me to highs and lows, especially when going into training or getting ready for a game. The trending feature allows me to make changes to my insulin or diet if required, to ensure that I am in the best range for my games and training.
I’ve also found a lot of support and encouragement from other people living with diabetes. Every single person who I have met living with diabetes has proven to me that no matter what, if you choose to, you can still live a fulfilling and limitless life with Type 1 Diabetes.
Editor note: Lara is achieving her goals one step at a time, whether that be her exciting career in WNBL or completing her university degree! Lara states that she finds support from the unique stories shared by other individuals living with type 1 diabetes, and she wanted to share her own journey, in the hope that it may reach someone else within the diabetes community and inspire them to lead a fulfilling and limitless life.
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“Now that I use Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM, I feel that I have the best control of my diabetes than ever before… The trending feature allows me to make changes to my insulin or diet if required, to ensure that I am in the best range for my games and training.”
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