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We’re on a mission to help people with type 1 diabetes to exercise

Welcome to the website to help you, or your loved one, to exercise safely with type 1 diabetes.  We are sharing video interviews about people who are participating in sports who have type 1 diabetes and they are managing to achieve their exercise goals.  My hope is that you find something in the strategies that others are using that helps you in your own journey

My name is Paul Coker and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in July 1977. I have challenged my diabetes in a number of ways over the years this includes climbing Kilimanjaro and running 40 half marathons in my 40th year of living with type 1 diabetes.  During my journey, I often face blood glucose challenges during and after exercise and may experience hypos on the night after exercise.  I have noticed that others living with type 1 diabetes often seem to face these very same challenges and I have created 1Bloodydrop to share knowledge of about how to exercise safely with type 1 diabetes.

You and I have very different experiences of living with diabetes, what works for me in running a half marathon may not work for you.  I have created for you to learn how others are managing to exercise with type 1 diabetes, remember that if you decide to use any of the strategies discussed in these interviews you must discuss them with your health care professionals beforehand and you should always follow their advice.

Thank you for visiting, I hope that you enjoy the content on the blog page and I look forward to sharing more amazing content with you in the near future. and wish you luck in managing your diabetes and exercising safely.  Don’t forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel.

Do You Know the Warning Signs?

Very few people know the warning signs of type 1 diabetes. Simply knowing these symptoms can save your life.


Are you thirsty all the time? Are you overly concerned with drinking fluids during the day?


Are you urinating excessively? Are you going to the bathroom more than usual?


Are you suffering from low energy and feeling the need to get more sleep every day?


Are you losing weight rapidly despite no change in your diet or exercise patterns?

Help raise awareness for type 1 diabetes

Raising Awareness of Type 1 Diabetes Across the World by Running 40 Half Marathons Each

Paul Coker

Paul Coker

Paul is celebrating living with type 1 diabetes for 40 years. He believes that his positive attitude toward diabetes combined with the right nutrition and regular exercise have helped him to manage his diabetes.  Paul discovered running in 2013 as he trained for a record breaking summit of Kilimanjaro, you can learn more about Paul’s philosophy on living with diabetes  in his book.

​Paul is spearheading the campaign to run 40 half marathons in 15 months in memory of Peter Baldwin, a 13-year old boy from Cardiff, Wales who died from undiagnosed type 1 diabetes after being misdiagnosed with a chest infection.

Paul believes that if this campaign can save just one life, his efforts at running 40 half marathons will be worthwhile.

Amy McKinnon

Amy McKinnon

Amy is a 28-year, blue-eyed Australian girl. She grew up in the city of Sydney, spending the last 3 years in New York City and is currently half way through an 8-month adventure across Latin America.

In 2015 she ran her first marathon – the NY marathon, in 3:39, 4 minutes from qualifying for Boston, while testing her blood glucose levels 4 times during the race and managing her insulin doses via her insulin pump attached at her hip.

Amy hopes to inspire other people with type 1 diabetes that it is possible to achieve anything we put our minds to, and that nothing is off limits. She firmly believes that diabetes does not control us, rather we control it.

Cyrus Khambatta

Cyrus Khambatta

Cyrus was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 22, in his senior year of college. In the first year of life with diabetes, his health deteriorated rapidly, and he began to question whether he was capable of exercising ever again. He suffered from constant lethargy, dehydration, muscle soreness and variable blood sugars.

After 1 year living with diabetes, Cyrus adopted a low-fat plant-based diet and became more energetic and active than he had ever been. He then completed a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry, and is now an international nutrition and fitness coach for people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Cyrus is running 40 half marathons because he views living with type 1 diabetes as a rare opportunity to strive for exceptional physical, emotional and mental health.

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Jewels Christine

Jewels Christine

Jewels Christine is a health and fitness coach, yoga instructor, educator, and speaker whose passion is to inspire, impart, and assist others to health and freedom in the body, mind, and soul. Health and fitness have been part of her life as a college athlete, runner, dancer, physical education teacher, and fitness instructor.

Watching traditionally managed Diabetes take her grandfather too early was heartbreaking, and when her father was diagnosed she knew she had to insist on change. Her father’s discovery, battle, and mastering of diabetes has increased her passion for educating and helping others do the same. She understands the importance of taking full control of health.

Jewels joins this challenge with a love for running and a deep desire to bring awareness of the ability one has to thrive and master diabetes.​

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About Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease which targets and destroys insulin producing cells in the pancreas.

Insulin is a hormone which allows glucose from the blood to enter tissues. When tissues absorb glucose with the help of insulin, they are able to use that glucose to produce energy.

People that live with type 1 diabetes must inject insulin multiple times per day in order to keep blood glucose in the normal range.

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