DSMA Live ‘Rents Afterthoughts: NASCAR with Diabetes with Ryan Reed

On April 25, 2013 by Lorraine

We had a great show on diabetes, sports and dreams with NASCAR Racer Ryan Reed. Before our chat with Ryan, we talked about some news:

Bionic Woman - Anna from Glu shares her experiences in a transitional study of the Bionic pancreas. What is different about this study is the patient is out of the hospital, going about their normal life. Read more at MyGlu.org.

Dexcom Share - Dexcom is working on extending the reach of sensor information with a product in development called Dexcom Share. It will be a cradle for the receiver that connects out to mobile devices authorized by the user and shares the CGM information. The idea is to help parents be comfortable and aware of kids BG without hovering. Well, that and more. Dexcom hopes to have it to the FDA towards the end of the year.

From the sports pages, #DSMA regular and race fan, Steve Zable won the privilege of being Honorary Crew Chief of Chip Ganassie NASCAR team at Martinsville. The #1 car driven by Jamie McMurray was painted in Race with Insulin Colors and Steve’s name was on the door. Thanks to Team Ganassi, and Charlie Kimball’s Race with Insulin.

Speaking of racing, @driverRyanReed won his first race of the season. Here is a clip.

Ryan ReedRyan also happened to be our guest. Nice of him to win just to make our introduction sound cooler.

We had a great talk with driver Ryan Reed as he gets ready to bring Drive to Stop Diabetes to the NASCAR Nationwide Series in  his first race with Roush Fenway Racing on April 26. Tune into ESPN2 to see him run at Richmond.

Like many in the sport, Ryan comes from a racing family. His father raced stock cars and Ryan started in go carts at age 4. His passion for racing was threatened by a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes at age 17 just has he was getting serious about a career as a racer.

Ryan was told that racing was off the table with his diagnosis. His family supported his passion and shortly after diagnosis they found Dr. Anne Peters who was Charlie Kimball physician. They made contact and working with a team led by Dr. Peters, Ryan was able to demonstrate he was fit enough to race.

Ryan has collaborated with the American Diabetes Association to bring the Drive to Stop Diabetes #16 car owned by Roush Fenway Racing to number of Nationwide races this season. Richmond will be the first.

Along with the racing there are awareness events, including the chance to win a Ford Fiesta.

Ryan is a wonderful ambassador for putting passion first and pursuing dreams without being limited by diabetes. Listen to the full show to learn more about Ryan’s Mission and our new favorite NASCAR Rookie.

For more on Ryan, check out ESPN’s recent article here.

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