A few months ago I wrote this blog post titled: Non-Compliant.

That’s a word that gets used a lot in diabetes and it’s often poorly received. Over the following months, I began exploring the use of that term as a badge of honor–for those who refuse to comply with the often distorted expectations of society.

In this 25th episode Scott Cooper discusses the way in which he deals with the aging process and the implications it carries in terms of diabetes. He recently completed a solo, “double century” ride (200 miles in one day) which is no small feat for any athlete at any age. Scott has been living with Type1 Diabetes for 24 years and is 45 years old.


His story is not one of ease but rather of struggling with diabetes and using that to push back against diabetes. I know that a lot of the portrayals of athletes with diabetes can seem a bit idealized. They usually feature young people in their prime who are, let’s face it–more marketable. That’s what drew me to Scott’s story–he makes no excuses or apologies and lays out the challenges and the rewards from a standpoint that we don’t see enough of: the middle aged athlete with diabetes.

In this episode we discuss the following topics:

  • Aging with diabetes
  • Challenges of riding with type 1
  • Diabetes complications and how they have impacted athletic performance
  • Risk management
  • The importance of solo events and embracing a thinner margin for error
  • What non-compliance means to Scott
  • Diabetic vs Person with diabetes
  • Why I should be wearing my diabetes medical alert tags

If you have questions or comments about this episode feel free to email me: steve@livingvertical.org

Until next week–and get outside and play!

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