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Bill King, a marathon runner

•  43 years old, developed diabetes in 1984
DCCT/EDIC study participant since 1988
Married (Betsy King, BSN-school nurse)
Father of 2 children (Billy-9 & Megan-11)
Marathon Runner-10 since pump including Boston twice ('97 & '98) and Phila. ('96, '97 and '02) Currently training to compete in both the Las Vegas and Boston Marathons early next year.
Insulin pump wearer since 6/96
ADA Associate Volunteer Leadership Counsel member in Pennsylvania and Delaware
ADA Team Diabetes Marathon Coach
National Board Member of the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association
Past speaker at Team Diabetes Events in Dublin, Maui, Kona, and Orlando
National Motivational Speaker at diabetes conferences, camps and support groups

For most people, running a marathon is only a distant dream. But for Bill King it's very much a reality. Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1984, he's run seven marathons since 1996. Two years ago he ran the prestigious and grueling Boston Marathon in a blistering three hours and nine minutes.

What's the secret to his success?

Bill King
credits his excellent health to several things:

One of them is a positive attitude. "One of the key components to dealing with diabetes successfully is keeping an upbeat attitude," Bill says. "Keeping diabetes under control is labor-intensive. It's a ton of work. The people who do it most successfully are those who stay positive about it."

Another key: keeping tight control over his blood sugar levels. Bill was a participant in the landmark Diabetes Control and Complications Trial, which proved beyond doubt that intensive treatment of diabetes reduces the risk of complications dramatically.

"There was a time in my life when I accepted the idea that one day I would die from complications of diabetes," Bill says. "But I don't believe that any more." Bill started using an insulin pump in 1996 and he swears by it. He's such a fan; in fact, that two years ago he left a good job with Kodak to go to work for the Animas Corporation, which manufactures the insulin pump he wears today.
Source: Positive Diabetes
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