Season 2, Episode 13: Overcoming Obstacles – From Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis To Successful Fitness Professional

Imagine you are a carefree child and you suddenly learn that you have a chronic condition that will require you to take medication and test your blood sugar levels for the rest of your life.

That is what happened to Michael Matafonov when he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 8. It was a lot to handle, but he got through it with the help of family and friends. And, eventually, he decided to turn his experience into a positive one by becoming a personal trainer.

In this episode, Michael shares his diabetic story and offers some tips and advice for people living with diabetes.

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Michael Matafonov is a personal trainer with Type 1 Diabetes.

Michael is 25 years old, and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2005. Originally from Australia, Michael has been living in the UAE for 19 years. His goal in life is to help as many people as possible realize their potential, achieve their goals, and be happy.

To manage his diabetes, Michael uses a Medtronic Insulin Pump and a FreeStyle Libre. He loves football, meditation, reading self-help books and volunteering with children. He collects vintage football shirts and unique trainers.

Connect with Michael Matafonov on Instagram: @michaelmatafonov

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Disclaimer: It should go without saying that the Diapoint podcast is not intended as or should not be used as personal medical advice. You will hear us interview medical experts and others, but please always always ask your qualified doctor, diabetes team or other expert about your health. What works for one person does not always work for another person. What you should always do when you discover any new health information is ask YOUR doctor about it. This information should empower you to have a discussion with your healthcare providers about it. Diapoint, our guests, sponsors and business partners are not here to replace that advice. Living a full, healthy life means taking the proper medical advice from your qualified physicians, diabetes team or other healthcare providers.

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Here at Dia-logue: The Diapoint Podcast, we talk to experts and people living with diabetes about social situations, nutrition, mental health, travel, and many other topics related to health and wellness.

The Founder & Managing Director of Diapoint, Pam Durant, shares her experience as the mother a teenage son who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 20 months old.

Pam was also a healthcare manager for 25+ years, and is a certified Wellness and Lifestyle Medicine coach. She is passionate about showing people how to not just survive, but thrive.

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