Type 1 Diabetes and Exercise

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   Posted 10/4/2006 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Are there any other Type 1s out there who can give me some advice on how best to manage your bloodsugars when you get exercise?  What are the best times of the day?  How long after a meal/insulin?  What type of exercise?  What type of food do you eat before/during/after?  What does your bloodsugar have to be before you work out to keep it from crashing?  How much do you have to adjust your insulin.
I really like to work out, but I'm limited as to what times I can do it, and it seems that what works one time just doesn't work the next time.  I think for me, it'll be all about doing it at the same time every day, but I'm looking for as many suggestions as I can get.

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   Posted 10/5/2006 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi there,

this link should be helpful


Claire x

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   Posted 10/5/2006 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Claire,

The link's not working for me.


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   Posted 10/5/2006 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I found another link on the site that she sent you to that might help. Try this:

Diabetes and exercise

Also found
Exercise and Type1 Diabetes

Unplanned exercise

Wish I could be more helpful. Perhaps your endocrinologist could start you on the right path?
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Post Edited (Jeannie143) : 10/5/2006 5:21:33 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/5/2006 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Jeannie!  I'll check those out!


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   Posted 10/6/2006 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   


I exercize after dinner, around 8 or 9 pm.  It really helps me with my evening bloodsugars.

I have been able to quit taking my night time NPH shot because of the exercise, but I also quit eating Bread, Rice and Potatos.

I have lost ~15 #s and I am feeling great.  I go to bed with a BS of ~120 and wake up in the morning with a BS of 80 - 130. 

I have been regulating my own insulin ever since my Endo screwed me up with Lantus and Humalog, That stuff about killed me.  I went back on Regular and NPH (been on reg & nph for 34 years) and check my BS 4 times a day.  I am doing pretty good with only 1 shot a day in the am.

I usually exercise for 1/2 hour  4 times a week.  It seems that exercise can effect the bloodsugar for several days, but everyone is different and you will have to check your BS before and after you exercise to make sure you are not going too LOW (beware exercise at night can bring down your BS when you are sleeping)  Watch out for the LOWS.


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   Posted 10/7/2006 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   

This is interesting, Bob, thanks.

It's too bad that the insulin your endo suggested didn't work for you.  I'm liking my Humalog/Levemir combination right now a lot more than I liked my old Regular/NPH combination.

Thanks for the suggestions.  Kudos to you for doing so well managing your bloodsugars!  That's great!



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