Diabetes is not incompatible with sports. Moreover, its practice also helps in maintaining better control. Mountaineer Arturo Carvajal He is clear about it and has already made it clear last year on an expedition to the roof of Africa, Kilimanjaro (Tanzania, 5,895 m), which included a group of health and endocrinologists from the University of Granada, as well as local guides. and two other diabetics. That campaign was sponsored by the Spanish Society of Endocrinology And its resonance has given this young physiotherapist the strength to climb the 16 highest peaks in Spain, practically one per community, during 2023.
The new achievement is supported by the Monteneros de Aragón Barbastro (MAB) and Arturo hopes to garner more support for his cause, From companies to diabetic associations, such as Aragoni. At the moment it already has the support of the Officina Aragón and the El Poder del Chandal association, which have already shared the Kilimanjaro adventure.
The crown peaks are: El Torreón (2,400 m) in Extremadura, Peña Travinca (2,127) in Galicia, Torre Blanca (2,617) in the Picos de Europa, San Lorenzo (2,271) in La Rioja, Aketegi (1,551) in the Basque Country, Mesa de los Tres Reyes (2,446) in Navarra, Pico de Estates (3,152) in Catalonia, Puig Major (1,436) in the Balearic Islands, Alto de las Barracas (1,838) in Valencia, Pico del Lobo (2,274) in Castilla León, Peñalara (2,428) in Madrid, Obispo (2,014) on the border of Murcia and Castilla La Mancha, Mülhausen (3,479) in Andalusia, Teide (3,715) in the Canarias and Aneto (3,404 ) in Aragon, The last peak to be climbed.
The adventure begins this weekend in the Spanish capital. Arturo, along with other diabetics and friends, will climb the Peñalara summit From there, try to crown all the peaks by July, with an average of two or three peaks per month until you reach Annetto. “In this way I will be able to give visibility to diabetes throughout Spain” and raise awareness “of the fact that by exercising you control diabetes very well”, he affirms.
To this end, he has created an Instagram account, Diabetes de Altura, and has contacted regional associations to seek their collusion in his cause. “It’s a way of helping other people. I was really afraid to do sports because of the problem of hypoglycemia, but you have to overcome that fear and enjoy what you love Be it mountain, skating, or anything else. I encourage you to practice any sport to learn more about your diabetes and manage it better”, he says. 10% of the Spanish population suffers from type 1 and type 2 diabetes, And “as a result of Covid, there has been an increase in cases, according to endocrinologists,” reports Arturo.
In climbing, he would combine the most common routes for climbers with other routes of greater difficulty, such as the Eneto, raised by the Corones Pass, or the climb to Valletta after the crown of Mulassen.
It is the first time that a member of the Montoneros de Aragón Barbastro has taken up the challenge of conquering the 16 highest peaks of the communities of Spain. Nor is any Spanish diabetic known to have undertaken a similar project.
Arturo is 30 years old and suffering from type 1 diabetes, immunological since 2019. Despite this, he did not stop practicing sports: cycling, running, hiking and of course mountaineering. Since it started in 2014. For this reason, it is encouraged for all diabetics to enjoy sports. “Now we can control our blood sugar much better and we have sensors to know the level of sugar. I have realized that with sport I am coping with the disease better,” says this young physiotherapist, who still carries a kit in his leg with a sensor and another capillary that indicates the level of sugar, is safe to avoid slow and fast insulin build-up.
MAB President, Dr. José Musgrau confirms this: “Ten years ago this project would have been scary, but the medical management of diabetes has come a long way, Each person himself can control his own glucose level and control insulin units.