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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Mountain Climbing With Type 1 Diabetes

Will Cross has skied to the North and South poles and scaled the highest peaks on seven continents, including Mount Everest.

But he isn't your average adventurer. The 40-year-old Highland Park man must overcome risks other explorers don't even have to consider - Mr. Cross has type 1 diabetes.

That means journeying to Earth's most extreme locations while controlling a disease requiring regular doses of insulin, a steady diet and tightly controlled blood-glucose levels. The biggest challenges are avoiding low blood sugar and preventing the insulin from freezing.

But the educator, motivator and father of six has proved that people with diabetes can achieve whatever goals they so choose, as long as they control the disease.

Read full story - Mountain climbs make a molehill of diabetes
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