Think exercise doesn't count that much?

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jujub
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   Posted 4/18/2010 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Yesterday morning I had a great, sweaty workout for an hour.


Yesterday after dinner I ate a piece of rich pound cake.



Two hours later BGL was 118. This morning it was 115.



Exercise is key, my friends.

jujub
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   Posted 4/18/2010 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
BTW, that was the first piece of cake I've had in about a year, and it tasted really good to me.

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   Posted 4/18/2010 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
So you're saying the exercise benefit carries over for several hours afterwards (exercise morning, at cake at dinner- I suppose dinner is evening not noon?) What was the intravel between the 2? Trying to figure when an exercise plan would be most beneficial for me. After 2 weeks of testing, I find that my highest point is upon wakening in the morning- after a 10 to 12 hours fast- it runs in the 130 to 150 range. The rest of the day it follows a 'normal' pattern of acceptable readings.

jujub
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   Posted 4/18/2010 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
James, mine has typically been highest in the morning also. I've sort of been attributing it to my pain index at that time, but I don't know.

I go to the wellness center and do a really good cardio/strength/flexibility workout about every other day, and my sugars are consistently lower in the 24 hours after I exercise than in the 24 hours between. Yesterday morning I was at 128.

It seems that for me at least, the benefit of exercise is not simply the immediate effect on the glucose level, but probably a readjustment of how my body is using glucose.

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   Posted 4/18/2010 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Judy, that makes sense. I do know that the earlier I rise and the more active I am early of the morning, the lower my initial fasting test will be. My routine up to now has been sleep from midnight to around 830am, then the usual shower and dress routine, no extra exercise, but catching up on the computer, etc. and brunch around 10am. After that, its into my regular activity, work around the house (I'm retired) and such, more activity- walking, etc. No other food until around 430pm, when I have a regular sized dinner (supper here) and a snack type meal around 10 to 11pm. Any extra exercising is usually done after dinner.

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   Posted 4/18/2010 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I've read that the kind of exercise that Judy is describing has residual effects on the blood sugar for hours afterward, but also if you test soon after exercising your blood sugar may be elevated as the body is using glucose for energy and it's circulating all over when you're testing then.  That elevation is normal though and when you do regular exercise and cut down on the white food, then the A1c should be lower than it was before you started this change.  I started strength training about three years ago - and I think that's very important for women because stronger muscles help support the skeleton and that helps with balance.  (Getting older can be a bummer smhair ).   Also, the more muscle you have, the better your body uses glucose for energy and guess who has more muscle naturally, men or women?  mad    Anyway, I think you could try different times for doing your exercise and the other work around the house and then test and figure out what works best for you and your blood sugar.  I believe the key is doing it on a regular basis, daily, every other day, cardio one day, strength training another day, etc.  If you're game for challenges there are a few exercises online likes 100 squats, pushups, situps, etc.  http://hundredpushups.com.  They have a schedule by week that you can print as you progress through them.  I do them at my own pace in the evening. 
 
One more thing that I've found is that my blood pressure and pulse rate has lowered because of the regular exercise and also the fact that I've lost weight.
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jujub
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   Posted 4/18/2010 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I think one of the things I'm learning is that all that stuff everyone was telling me about diet, exercise, and so on - which I labored mightily to not hear or to discount - was true all along.


In the past year, I've gone from the woman who flinched every time she even drove by a gym to one who won't miss her workout unless she's so sick she can't get there.

LanieG
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   Posted 4/18/2010 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Same here!  I guess now I think I have less time to do what I should have been doing these many years.  I hated exercise just to exercise but I could work in the garden all day long everyday and love it.  I like to think it's never to late though and I really believe that the cycling, cardio and strength training that I do has made me healthier even if I still have diabetes. 
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jujub
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   Posted 4/18/2010 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
It's definitely made me healthier, Lanie. I know I'll never get my 30 year-old figure back, but then I wouldn't be 30 again if you gave me the chance. And for the longest time I really couldn't do much physical activity because of various health issues, so it feels really good to get those endorphins going!

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   Posted 4/19/2010 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
When I had the money to do so I used to swim at the Y. Any other form of exercise just makes the pain level from my fibro go thru the roof. I can't even walk without taking pain meds so I've been cutting back on my starches and just doing the best I can. I envy those of you who can work out.

We are slowly getting the big bills paid from daughter's spinal cord injury & them losing their home and once that is squared away I'm gonna rejoin the Y and start swimming again. I always felt better when I was swimming. Sugars were better, too.
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   Posted 4/19/2010 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Does sinking count as exercise? I can sink real good but swimming ... smilewinkgrin

I'm not as active as I should be but I've found that just a walk around the block or raking the lawn brings my numbers down.
Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes

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