Triabetes is a certified triathlon team that works with diabetics in understanding the psychology, physiology and biotechnology such that they can compete in triathlons.  In 2009, fourteen Triabetes team captains mentored type 1 children in preparation for an adventure expedition that culminated at Ironman Arizona. Watch the Triabuddies as they overcome diabetes in the Channel Islands and inspire their athlete mentors to an Ironman finish

One of the captains is Bill Carlson. Bill Carlson is a close friend of mine and has been diabetic since the age of 13. He also is the first insulin dependent diabetic to complete the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii, has run a sub 2:40 marathon, completed the Western States 100 mile run and many other endurance events. Most interestingly, he has been a patient of mine for over 20 years, is a successful Lasik patient and has never had any signs of diabetic retinopathy. Does controlling his diabetes through exercise play a role in his ocular health, his overall health?

On Saturday January 23 at 3:15 pm at the Carlsbad Village Theaters the Science of Inspiration documentary of the Triabetes Team members makes its San Diego debut. I am certain it will be moving and educational.  To learn more about Triabetes you can go to www.triabetes.org. See you there.

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