Diabetic boy breaks Arizona swimming record

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By Erin Kennedy By Erin Kennedy
By Erin Kennedy By Erin Kennedy
By Erin Kennedy By Erin Kennedy
By Erin Kennedy By Erin Kennedy

ANTHEM, Ariz. -- Breaking the state record for a swimming event would be a great achievement for any young swimmer. Anthony Paleo, 10, broke the Arizona record for the 50 meters breaststroke, and was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

“I felt like I was going really fast and I just felt really proud of myself when I did it,” Anthony said.

After Paleo was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last year, his family decided he should join the sport of swimming. His parents noticed he was beginning to lose weight toward the end of football season, so they decided Anthony should switch sports.

“It’s just more routine, it’s more balanced, and we can really balance his blood sugar levels a lot better with a consistent workout in the pool,” said Tony Paleo Sr., Anthony’s father.

Each day Anthony attends afternoon swim practice, and then tests his diabetes once he’s out of the pool. For recently beginning swimming, Anthony is already excelling at the sport.

Swimming may run in the Paleo family, as Anthony’s father was an Olympic swimmer.

“I’ll sneak in the old closet and look at old medals and ribbons to compare him and he’s much faster than I ever was, so it’s very, very rewarding,” Tony said.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is holding their 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, November 2 at Tempe Town Lake. Those wanting to participate can still sign up and support individuals diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.