Joe DiCaprio, Instructor
Are You Diabetic? How to be Prepared at the Range.
Diabetes is a condition which the body’s ability to produce insulin is affected. This can cause different situations to arise with a diabetic in the shooting atmosphere. One situation if a diabetics sugar goes to low. This can cause shakiness, abnormal sweating, and a ability to not be able to focus on a task at hand. The other situation would be if their sugar was to high. This would cause headache, a thirst that is difficult to quench, and an ability not to focus as well. As being a diabetic there are certain precautions you should take going into a training or live fire session. One step is to test your blood sugar and test it often. This will allow you to notice if your on a downward trend or if your adrenaline is running you sugar high. Always on the range you should be prepared for any situation. As a diabetic taking a few more precautions is always a positive. A few things I personally do is make sure I have a sort of glucose or juice on me if my sugar is going on a downward slide. I also make sure my insulin is full since I’m on the pump this is in case I need more insulin if my sugar is running high to bring it back down to a base level. After that I always make sure my tester is charged and I have strips and supplies to test with. Doing these few small steps could make the difference in having a okay range day to a great range day! Before even shooting and this can go for anyone getting enough sleep and eating a substantial meal before a day of training really does improve you. You would never know if you where shooting next to a diabetic or not unless they have said something. This does not make the condition any less serious. The general public usually only has limited knowledge about the condition. With the precautions I listed above it can greatly reduce the chance of a incident occurring during a great day of training. Someone with a condition like diabetes maybe wouldn’t want others to know for whatever reason it may be. I do suggest that they at least inform their instructor of a condition so proper precautions can be taken. At Phase Line Defense we are always prepared for if a situation would arise. With glucose on hand and trained instructors. If you know your having a eight hour day of hard training make sure even if your not diabetic to be ready for the day. Having a sustainable breakfast, snacks, lunch, and lots of fluids to keep you going and training at your highest potential. The only thing to slow you down is you. Your health comes first and foremost take the time to get yourself right during that time, test and do what you have to do when you need to don’t shut down the signs your body tells you. Diabetes should not hold you back from training hard and enjoying the sport of shooting!
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