Diabetes Forecast

Adventure Roundup: David C. Schultz

By Lindsey Wahowiak ,

David C. Schultz

Landscape and nature photographer

Age: 60
Home Base: Heber City, Utah
Diabetes: Diagnosed with type 1 at age 13 in 1970
Treatment Tools: Insulin pens and a CGM

Seeing It All: Knowing that blindness is a possible diabetes-related complication, David Schultz decided as a teenager to see as much of the world as he could, and as soon as possible. On one of his cross-country road trips, he met a professional photographer who inspired his career as a landscape photographer.

Nature As Muse: After a brief foray into fashion photography, Schultz was called back to nature while working on a resort brochure in Utah. Within a month, he had closed his old shop in Dallas and moved to Utah, which he says has too many beautiful landmarks to pick a favorite. He can be at any one of 10 national parks, with mountains or red rock formations, in five to six hours from where he lives. Even with such spectacular options, he’s strategic about where and when he travels, as heat and cold can take a toll on diabetes and insulin. Three months ago, he was in Antarctica—which he says is surprisingly warmer than some winter trips to Yellowstone National Park—and kept his insulin and meter supplies in an interior pocket to avoid freezing. He also visits photo locations when the weather is most temperate.

All Hands on Deck: When Schultz is hired to shoot photos in exotic locations, he has a team of people who can help him in diabetes emergencies. “Whenever I travel, I am with other people, an expedition doctor and such, and they all know my medical history,” he says. He also visits his endocrinologist for a routine checkup before a trip, just in case. But with more than 40 years of diabetes management under his belt, Schultz says he understands his body and its signs of highs and lows. His CGM helps, too. “It’s giving me an idea of not [only] where my glucose is right now, but which direction it’s heading,” he says. “If I’m going to be schlepping a backpack up the side of a mountain, I’ll have a good idea of what I need to do.”

See more of Schultz’s photography at davidcschultz.com.



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