A Type 1 diabetic since he was a toddler, Michael Stone has dealt with more than his share of physical issues.
He has been on an insulin pump since he was diagnosed with diabetes, and some 10 years later, he started experiencing seizures.
And a little more than a year ago, he broke his left hip and needed full replacement surgery.
Still that didn’t stop him from getting onto a bicycle and competing in the recent county Senior Games. He now will go on to represent Iredell in the state games this fall.
He said his chronic conditions have taken a toll on his body but thanks to exercise, specifically cycling, he’s managing well.
Stone said he wears a continuous blood glucose monitor to address his diabetes, and cycling helps him keep his blood sugar under control.
It also was physical and mental therapy when he was recovering from his hip surgery.
Stone said he is pleased with his progress and especially his success at the local Senior Games.
The Senior Games began in 1983 to promote healthy living to citizens age 50 and older across the state. Activities range from arts to athletic contests, such as cycling.
Like Stone, seniors qualify for the state games in Raleigh and can move onto the National Games, which are held every other year.