Diabetes and Exercise: How to Dive In

March 11, 2015 3:15 PM

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Being a competitive swimmer takes a lot of discipline, and Katherine O'Malley, 15, is up to the challenge. The Wrentham, Massachusetts, teen competes both for Bishop Feehan High School, where she's a sophomore, and the Adirondack Aquatics Club, part of USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport. Every evening, she practices at least two full hours (mornings on Sunday). And before every practice or swim meet, Katherine puts in still more work – to manage her Type 1 diabetes.

Beneath her swimsuit, Katherine wears a waterproof, wireless insulin pump called an OmniPod. The pump's settings allow Katherine and Mary O'Malley, her mother, to make temporary adjustments to the amount of insulin she continuously receives. Otherwise, the intense exercise combined with insulin coul...

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