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Scunthorpe’s 100-mile cycling mission to prove diabetes is no obstacle

An inspirational man with type 1 diabetes is gearing up to cover an incredible 100 miles to prove that his illness is not a hindrance to achieving his goals.

Andrew Ramsden, 49, of Scunthorpe, will take part in the RideLondon charity bike ride on Sunday, 29 May, with all proceeds going to Diabetes UK, a charity close to his heart. Since 2006, Andrew has relied on insulin injections several times per day to lead a normal life – but has recently been able to switch to an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor (CGM), which he says It has completely changed the quality of his life. ,

Now, he says he wants to “give something back” to the charity that has been a constant source of support since his diagnosis 16 years ago.

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Andrew told Scunthorpe Live: “I’ve been a fan of cycling since 2013, but lately I’ve become more serious about it. The last two years I’ve really wanted to get on an insulin pump. To give me better control and the problem I faced, the more I wanted to exercise, the more my diabetes posed a potential hurdle—but I was serious about going above it.

“I used to work for an ambulance service and I’ve seen firsthand the potential long-term health effects that poor diabetes control can have, like problems with your vision, problems with neuropathy and amputations, and things like that, so I’ve always had it in my mind that I want to live as long and healthy as possible despite having diabetes. I don’t want to look or feel like my diabetes is a hindrance to getting things done, which is me. Why did important want to ride a bike as opposed to doing a few miles around.

He was first diagnosed in 2006

“I am 50 years old this year and have a bike ride of some milestones that I wanted to achieve, not only for personal achievement but also for giving something back. I think Diabetes UK as well as local The nursing team and the consultant-led diabetes team have delivered a lot over the past two years. They’ve heard what I wanted to achieve, they’ve given education, helped me get on a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and an insulin pump So it’s giving something back.”

Andrew said he first realized he might have diabetes when he experienced lethargy and extreme thirst, among other symptoms, which prompted him to get tested at home. He continued: “I got my urine tested which showed I had ketones, which is added sugar, and I went straight to my doctors, and within two weeks I was seeing a diabetes consultant who said that I was type 1 diabetic.

“They tried me on pills at first but it soon became clear that I would need insulin. So from 2006 to this year, I have been taking multiple daily injections and finger pricks several times a day.

Andrew is gearing up to cycle 100 miles from London to Essex on 29 May
Andrew is gearing up to cycle 100 miles from London to Essex on 29 May

“Technology has made a huge difference now. I feel almost out of my diabetes.”

Andrew said: “I want to try and encourage people not to automatically accept that diabetes is potentially a hindrance to doing things, because it really isn’t. I find myself in anything out of the ordinary. Do not classify, I am a normal person.

“My mindset is that I really don’t want diabetes to dictate what I can and can’t do and I want to work with the technology that is available to nursing teams to better manage it on a daily basis.” can be managed.

“Diabetes is just another small aspect that you can catch and get over the top. As long as you are honest with yourself and your diabetes nursing team about what you want to achieve, having diabetes is not necessarily the limit if you are mindful. Let’s put it in the right frame.”

To donate to Andrews JustGiving Page and help her raise £1,000 for Diabetes UK, click here.

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