Meet Ryan Reed
After being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in Feb. 2011, during the highlight of his racing career, Ryan's approach in his life, career and goals in racing changed. After being told he would never race again and with a strong effort to continue on, Ryan found Dr. Anne Peters, MD of USC Clinical Diabetes Program in California, who confirmed that with hard work, Ryan could still reach his dreams of becoming a top NASCAR driver.
Determined not to give up his lifelong dream of being a NASCAR driver, Reed eventually found a supportive endocrinologist who was able to help him manage his diabetes and stay on track – literally. He hired a personal trainer and works out for two-four hours each day. He installed an onboard drink system in his car, using a specially formulated protein/carbohydrate/sugar blend his doctor developed for him. He monitors his blood glucose levels continuously during a race, which can go on for several hours. And, he had a member of his pit crew trained to deliver insulin to him on an emergency basis, should the need arise.
Ryan has found himself in a unique situation and is driven to become a role model in the diabetes community. Ryan Reed formed his nonprofit organization, Ryan’s Mission, to help build awareness, become a role model and positively touch the lives of so many that have already been affected by the disease.
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