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Athletes in the Arts: Dancers with Type 1 Diabetes

SCAN Fact Sheet with recommendations for dancers with Type 1 diabetes


 An Evidence-Based resource from the Sports Dietetics - USA subunit of SCAN.

Athlete Scenario: I am an elite dancer and I struggle with knowing how much to eat and how to adjust my insulin during practice and for performance. I often experience large fluctuations in my blood glucose, especially while I am performing. Sometimes it interferes with my ability to concentrate and focus. What can I do to maintain normal blood glucose levels during a performance?

Length: 1 page, single-sided

Intended Audience: Patients/Clients, Public

Key Words: Athletes in the Arts, Dancer, Dancing, Ballet, Insulin, Blood Glucose, Performance, Recovery


Written by SCAN registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) to provide nutrition guidance. The key to optimal meal planning is individualization. Contact a SCAN RDN or a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) for personalized nutrition plans. Access “Find a SCAN RDN” at or by phone at 800.249.2875.

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