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Arlene’s Great Scottish Run marks 20 years with Type 1 diabetes

Arlene Osman is taking part in her first half marathon to mark 20 years living with Type 1 diabetes.


Arlene is originally from Lanarkshire in Scotland but moved to South Wales in 1990 to complete her training as a pharmacist. She will be returning to her roots to take on the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run on Sunday 29 September.

“I had an idea of what was wrong”

Arlene was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1999 after noticing she was drinking more than usual and had lost weight — two common Type 1 symptoms.

Arlene said, “As a pharmacist, I had an idea of what was wrong but I was still shocked to be diagnosed with Type 1. I have always been looked after by the diabetes team at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and cannot praise their care enough. They have always encouraged me to try new technology that could help me manage my condition. I am currently using an insulin pump and Flash Glucose Monitoring, which have made a huge difference.”

The benefits of running

Arlene started running in 2017 and now runs three times a week with Parc Bryn Bach running club.

Arlene continued, “Running is a challenge with Type 1 diabetes but as long as you are prepared and organised the health benefits can be immense. My HbA1c has come down significantly. I wear a device which sends my blood glucose readings from my Flash to my running watch, so I can keep an eye on them as I go.”

“I wanted to do a half marathon and when I saw the Great Scottish Run started in George Square I knew it was the one. I studied at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and spent a lot of time in George Square, so it will be very emotional on the day.”

We’re so grateful to Arlene for taking on this challenge. It’s inspiring to hear how much running has benefitted her and we hope it shows others that Type 1 diabetes should not stop you from enjoying exercise. Good luck in September, Arlene!

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