Chris Jarvis Wins Rowing Gold at Pan Am Games: Olympic Gold Medal winning rower wins gold yet again at the Pan Am games in Rio de Janeiro

This press release is an announcement submitted by Weisscomm Partners, and was not written by Diabetes Health.

Chris Jarvis, Canadian Olympic Rower, Patient with Type 1 Diabetes

Aug 25, 2007

A Canadian Olympic rower and marathon runner, Chris Jarvis, age 26, exhibits the endurance of most elite athletes. However, few would know that for nearly 13 years he has lived and struggled with type 1 diabetes.

While on a scholarship at Northeastern University in Boston, he missed a rowing workout because of his diabetes. His coach indicated that he would not make the varsity team because of the diabetes complications he experienced. Determined to prove his coach wrong, Chris fought back and earned his seat on the varsity boat, eventually being voted team captain his senior year.

As Chris's dedication and commitment to rowing grew, so did his need to tightly control his blood sugar, and to keep it from getting too high or low. When Chris competed in the 2004 Olympics as part of the Canadian national rowing team, he tested his blood sugar by taking as many as 20 fingersticks a day. Though Chris realized this type of constant monitoring was necessary to keep close tabs on his glucose levels, it was difficult to fit into his ever-demanding training regimen.

Now, Chris no longer must follow this schedule because he's started using an insulin pump integrated with continuous glucose monitoring. This new system displays updated glucose values every five minutes, and is designed to sound an alarm if glucose levels get too high or low. People like Chris can now take immediate action with their insulin pump before glycemic fluctuations lead to an emergency.

Chris explains, "It's just a quick touch of a button and you see where your blood sugar is and all the extra information that comes along with it." Now armed with more information about his glucose levels Chris is able to better control his diabetes, "It gives you a real sense of confidence knowing exactly what's happening inside of your body rather than trying to guess with instantaneous blood checks."

Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Categories: Blood Sugar, Diabetes, Diabetes, Exercise, Inspiration, Insulin, Insulin Pumps, Personal Stories, Type 1 Issues

Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only
  • 12th Annual Product Reference Guide
  • Insulin Syringe Chart
  • Insulin Pen Needles Chart
  • Fast-Acting Glucose
  • Sharps Disposal
  • Blood Glucose Meters Chart
  • Insulin Pumps Chart
See the entire table of contents here!

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter

Top Rated
Print | Email | Share | Comments (0)

You May Also Be Interested In...


Add your comments about this article below. You can add comments as a registered user or anonymously. If you choose to post anonymously your comments will be sent to our moderator for approval before they appear on this page. If you choose to post as a registered user your comments will appear instantly.

When voicing your views via the comment feature, please respect the Diabetes Health community by refraining from comments that could be considered offensive to other people. Diabetes Health reserves the right to remove comments when necessary to maintain the cordial voice of the diabetes community.

For your privacy and protection, we ask that you do not include personal details such as address or telephone number in any comments posted.

Don't have your Diabetes Health Username? Register now and add your comments to all our content.

Have Your Say...

Username: Password:
©1991-2015 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.