"You need to be able to adjust diabetes to fit your life." Julia Baiguzova on how to become a professional athlete despite her illness

I was very lucky with the attending physician - Natalya Yuryevna Filina. It was she who inspired me with confidence that sports and diabetes are compatible. We often talked with her and made up a diet, training, and insulin therapy. My parents didn’t really want me to continue skiing. I understand them: they were worried and wanted me to be constantly in sight, and in skiing it is almost impossible.

I was offered to go to volleyball, tennis. But at that time, I felt that skiing was the thing of my life, and I love them so much that I just can’t quit. She knew that diabetes wouldn't stop me. I immediately started training.

My coach and I discussed all the nuances.

I regularly trained, went to training camps, participated in competitions. Thanks to this, I felt like a full-fledged child. Most of all, I didn’t want to be a burden for my training group, I didn’t want someone to have thoughts like: “We must follow Julia.” And it's great that this did not happen. I gave all my best 100% and always carried carbohydrates, insulin, glucometer with me.

In general, I was ready for any jump in sugar, but I never cut training volumes. In principle, I did the same as my peers: I went to school, studied well, talked. Diabetes was my secret . Everyone knew about him, but no one ever said: "She also has diabetes." That's because I tried to quietly solve the problems associated with the disease myself and show only high results.

Sport helps make friends with diabetes, increases insulin sensitivity. If the sport is regular and systematic, it becomes part of the therapy. I cannot do without him. Now I do not go in for professional sports, but daily I devote time to physical activity.

In competitions I never felt bad.

The drop in sugar has always been under control. Any competition is a mix of emotions, jitters, emotions, so sugar is usually, on the contrary, high.

For about five years I could not show good results, although everything was excellent in training. During this time, I realized how the body behaves during the race. After so many years, I began to have my own rituals in preparation for going the distance.

I need to keep sugar in a narrow, but convenient for me range. For this, two days, including the day of competition, I repeat my meals in detail. Before the race, I need an understanding that I ate and injected everything on time. This is important for the physical condition. To maintain an emotional state - communicate with the coach.

We lay out the distance in sections and figure out where and how to run. He prepares me psychologically for the fact that you can’t jump above your head. Each race must be approached with the spirit that you will do everything that depends on you.

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