Omnipod ambassador Khalid Keshta

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Khalid Keshta's career change made him a winner.

Khalid Keshta was diagnosed

with Type 1 diabetes in

2011 on the day of his 18th

birthday. It's a familiar story

to begin with. He remembers it all

very clearly, "I started to lose a lot of

weight, yet I was athletic. I used to

play football, but I'd get really thirsty,

running to the loo all the time."

Familiar to an extent, but this

story has a slight twist as both of'

Keshta's parents are doctors. "I

had one grandma who had Type 2

diabetes, but Type 1 diabetes really

wasn't on the family radar at all. My

parents bought a blood test meter

from the pharmacy and my whole

family did a blood test. They all came

back with a reading of something like

thing was that when I woke up the

next day, my glucose was down to

15mmol/L and I felt really hungry,

because that was pretty low for me at

that point. I quickly began to feel a lot

better. It was good to know what was

wrong; I knew there was not a cure

but there was treatment. I played

football the day after I went home

and I felt a huge difference - my eyes

weren't blurry, I wasn't feeling so

tired and lethargic anymore, it was

all good."

At this point, he had been eying a

career as a footballer, three months

later he broke his knee and tore

some ligaments. He had a couple of

operations to fix it, but they failed,

so his intended career was over.

However, he refused to be inactive

and started to go to the gym, saying

"I began to see changes to my body

shape fairly soon, then after a few

years people said, why don't you

compete? I was aware of the old ideas

that people with diabetes couldn't

do sports. I'd not been interested

in being a competitive bodybuilder

until I realised I could be different, I

could compete as a bodybuilder with

Type 1 Diabetes! It is a hard sport,

but if I could compete on stage and

do well, and at the same time raise

awareness, I could help show people

that you can do anything."

In 2017 Keshta entered his first

competition and won.

Daily routine

In 2011, Keshta came out of hospital

using insulin pens on a regimen

of multiple daily injections (MDI)

and blood testing. He doesn't recall

getting much education or training

and reckons maybe he knew 10%

of what he knows now, but it was

enough to get started. Adjusting

insulin doses and carb counting came

later. He says, "We are all different.

5.6mmol/L, but for me it just kept

reading 'error', and in the instructions

it said if the meter was giving an

error message, it meant there was

not enough blood applied or the

blood sugar is too high to be read.

We decided to go to the A&E to check

this issue out. Upon checking my

blood sugar levels, they turned out to

be 47mmol/L. I was told later that I

had been a medical emergency. The

doctor told me at that time that if it

wasn't for the immense amount of

water I'd been drinking and urinating

constantly, I would have been in a

diabetic coma, or possibly dead."

When he was diagnosed Keshta

remained in hospital for 24 hours,

initially on an insulin drip. "The great

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