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Diabetes and the Camino de Santiago - a study from Penn State College of Medicine

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Dear all,

I had a nice coffee with Ariana (Principal Investigator for this study) in Santiago recently. She is looking for pilgrims that have walked the Camino de Santiago with diabetes, she wants to learn from their experiences so that this can be shared with future pilgrims with the disease. So if you have have diabetes and have walked the Camino, please click the link below to fill out the questionnaire (only 9 questions).


More about this study:

This study is gathering opinions about challenges and solutions to diabetes self-care encountered during pilgrimage. This is intended for pilgrims 18 years or older with diabetes or accompanying a pilgrim with diabetes.

The information will be used to generate suggestions that can help others have a healthy and safe pilgrimage.
 
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Sho

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Camino Francés, 2019; Camino Francés, 2022
Thanks for posting it. Leigh Brennan on Facebook recently posted a podcast on Type 1 on the Camino.
 

CaptBuddy

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Past OR future Camino
Fall 2012, again Fall 2014.
I just completed it as well.
Made me think that the diet and exercise on the CF is great treatment for diabetes. Don't forget your meds.

I had A-fib when we walked in 2014, against my doctors wishes. But I promised to be sensible and take care of myself (and if things got bad there are beaches on the Mediterranean :)).
There were many hills where I stopped to catch my breath and let my heart calm down.
In the end, it was Beth's bum knee that was our biggest concern.
Our 2014 Camino is one of the highlights of a wonderful, full life, and we're hoping to return soon.
Buen Camino
 

Gerry O

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Past OR future Camino
finished second half ...now working on first half
Hi. I have type2diabetes and didn't have an issue with walking the camino ....walking for 5-6 hours average each day helped keep my blood sugars in my "normal" range, along with my medication. My weight dropped with less access to the fridge. Also my blood pressure went down with my weight and my fitness went up.
Regarding the survey, I'm confused why this research isn't targeted at those with type 1 diabetes. I couldn't find a question asking what kind of diabetes I had. The issues of storing medication, dealing with hypos and hypers along the way and choices available of low sugar/low fat foods would be much more of a concern for them.
 
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Luther

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2016
'Hopefully we can see results of the survey. In hindsight a question about whether type 1 or 2 would be helpful. I completed the survey (and Camino Frances) with Type 1. I found albergue breakfasts of very little before walking and getting a real/second breakfast was a challenge, and managing a lot of activity in the first half of the day followed by very little activity after stopping. Doing laundry, resting feet, and sitting around drinking beer and wine every day is not the healthiest activity. Concerns over open blisters on my feet in dirty community showers were not a problem as I started early and quit early and was usually one of the first in the clean showers.
 

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