diabetesMost diabetes in young people who play sport is Type 1 or insulin-dependent diabetes.

Those with Type 1 or insulin dependent diabetes may require a number of insulin injections per day or have a continuous insulin pump.

Diabetes and sport:

  • Players who have diabetes need to learn the effects of different types of exercise on their blood sugar control. It is important that they carry carbohydrate foods such as fruit, fruit juice, barley sugar biscuits in case their blood sugar drops and they develop symptoms.
  • All should carry a bracelet or card that identifies that they have diabetes.
  • The player with diabetes should be able to fully participate in all sporting activity.


For information, advice and support, call Diabetes Ireland on 1850 909 909 or visit www.diabetes.ie