Ep 45: Dr Kumar Janardhanan on All About Diabetes, Diabetes Management and Managing Performance for Runners
Dr Kumar Janardhanan is a Consultant Diabetologist at SIMS Hospitals, Chennai and a Professor at SRM Medical College. In this episode of Run with Fitpage, Dr Kumar discusses Diabetes and Diabetes Management in runners with our host Vikas Singh.
00:00 – About this episode
02:00 – Welcome Dr Janardhanan to the show!
02:18 – Introduction to Dr Kumar
07:39 – What are diabetes?
13:26 – What are the pancreas? Why do they start getting inefficient?
18:17 – Why does the pancreas get fatigued? What are the variables that make it inefficient?
20:16 – What is fasting in the true sense?
25:16 – How should people know that they have in them ‘The Silent Killer’?
31:30 – Does being an endurance athlete help fight diabetes?
37:08 – High-intensity workout and low sugar levels
39:08 – About the MAF Method (Know more from Ep 25 with Floris Gierman)
43:27 – Sugar consumption while endurance activities
45:04 – Simple vs Complex Carbohydrate – which is better for the health?
48:48 – Are diabetes completely curable?
53:58 – Dr Janardhanan’s advice to diabetic runners and non-runners
Dr Kumar Janardhanan has been running marathons for quite some time now. He began his running journey through the beauty of the sport – community building and is now an avid marathoner. His wife, Radha Kumar, is a marathon runner too. Dr Janardhanan specialises in treating patients with diabetes and has a ton of experience with both – runners and non-runners. He aims to do a sub-5 hour marathon and suggests everyone take up running as a sport to keep their health fine. Dr Kumar introduces himself as ‘a doctor by profession and a runner by passion.’
About Vikas Singh:
Vikas Singh, an MBA from Chicago Booth, worked at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, APGlobale and Reliance before coming up with an idea of democratizing fitness knowledge and helping beginners get on a fitness journey. Vikas is an avid long-distance runner, building fitpage to help people learn, train, and move better.
For more information on Vikas, or to leave any feedback and requests, you can reach out to him via the channels below:
LinkedIn: Vikas Singh
About the Podcast: Run with Fitpage
This podcast series is built with a focus on bringing science and research from the endurance sports industry. These may help you learn and implement these in your training, recovery, and nutrition journey. We invite coaches, exercise scientists, researchers, nutritionists, doctors, and inspiring athletes to come and share their knowledge and stories with us. So, whether you’re just getting started with running or want to get better at it, this podcast is for you!
This podcast has been recorded via Zoom Conferencing.