Positive way of coping with diabetes 1

Western Warriors fast bowler Matt Dixon with fellow type 1 diabetes sufferer Lachlan Boneham (12, Mandurah) [NAMES OK]
Western Warriors fast bowler Matt Dixon with fellow type 1 diabetes sufferer Lachlan Boneham (12, Mandurah) [NAMES OK]

Both Lachlan and Mr Dixon have type 1 diabetes. Their bodies do not produce the insulin required to regulate blood sugar levels and both require daily insulin injections and blood glucose checks to survive.

For Lachlan and his family, the diagnosis in February last year came as a complete surprise. Lachlan’s main concern was having to give up the sports that he loved.

Fortunately, that was not the case and Lachlan has adjusted to life with diabetes with a positive attitude.

He does his own insulin injections and blood glucose tests.

He also plays both junior cricket and football.

Mr Dixon was diagnosed with the condition about 10 years ago. He has not let diabetes hold him back from achieving his aspirations to be a professional cricket player.

Mr Dixon found taking part in regular exercise had a positive effect on regulating his blood sugar levels.

He has excelled on the cricket field ever since, representing Australia in his late teens and making his team debut with the Western Warriors in 2010.

‘I’m very keen to show other young people like Lachlan that with careful management, as well as the support of your family, friends and teammates, anything is possible,’ Mr Dixon said.

‘A diagnosis of type 1 diabetes can’t hold you back from achieving the things you set your heart on.’