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Episode Notes

In this episode I have an interview with Rob Brown from Diabetic Dad Runs. Rob is a journalist, a runner, and has been a type 1 diabetic for 27 years. Rob has been out running ultras in preparation for the Marathon des Sables in 2019. He’s raising money for T1International – here’s a short video he made on why he is doing it all.

We talk about his initial diagnosis of type 1 diabetes and the complexity of managing it in general. And he tells me about how he manages his nutrition and reduces the risk of hypos while he is out for long runs. He tells us about his experience of hypos but he has careful strategies to manage his nutrition when out. Nutrition is important on any ultra but he checks his blood sugar every 30 minutes when out running – using a smartphone and a little chip embedded in his arm.

The evidence shows that type 1 diabetics who exercise regularly have better control and are less likely to get hypos. Rob offers lots of tips and advice for any diabetics out there who want to get more exercise and get running. And, of course, much of it applies to anyone as we all benefit from moving more! We also talk about low carb and ketogenic diets in the context of type 1 diabetes.

Rob offers his advice on preparing for ultras after his recent Marathon des Cotes, getting the right kit and sorting our your admin, making sure you get the right amount of sleep, and the all-important art of pacing.

Catch up with Rob at his website He’s on Twitter @diabeticdadruns and Facebook (


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