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Re: [IP] exercising

 Managing exercise is hands down for me the most challenging and frustrating
part of managing my T-1 diabetes.

 I need to exercise to stay sane, healthy, and also manage my fasting sugars. I
can't keep a straight line on my Dex while sleeping if I don't work out at least
every other day.

 Also, I'm 49 and my father died from heart disease when he was 53. I have all
the risk factors. So I need to exercise.

 It works too. I took an executive-level physical that included a sonogram of my
heart while working the treadmill during a stress test. It was amazing to see
the valves opening and closing at a 180 pulse rate. The cardiologist said I have
the heart of a 20 year-old. My calcium score was 0. That's ZERO. No arterial
disease at all.

 Yet I struggle to keep my A1-Cs in the sevens. Failing to get the exercise
right is a big part.

 Currently I am having a great deal of luck by exercising 3-4 hours after my
lunch bolus, going into the gym with 2-3 units of the bolus IOB, good sugar
(100-150) and dissolving 2 tablespoons of powdered dextrose (18 carbs) in my
water bottle and drinking it as I go, while monitoring my Dexcomm.

 I use a roller and/or lacrosse ball to do soft tissue work, then stretch, then
lift weights, then do an intense metabolic conditioning routine (20 minutes of
serious exertion), then stretch again.

 Does it always work out? No. If I go low I have to stop and drink some more

Buster in MD

On Jan 12, 2014, at 8:19 PM, Susan Lane <email @ redacted> wrote:

> If I exercise right after eating, the carbs don't have time to digest and I
> never go high enough.  If I don't eat at all, the old liver kicks in and
> up, up up I go.  It major depends on what I'm doing, also.  If I'm
> spinning, doing Zumba, biking, hiking, etc.  It's just too much some times
> and I just figure that I'll do the best I can.  I used to turn my pump down
> for long bike rides, but then I couldn't eat enough to keep the energy
> flowing without going too high.  How I wish I was a couch potato! (not
> really).  Just bring along foods for going low and your pump to give
> insulin when you're going too high.  And then you get to figure out how
> much insulin to give yourself when you're at 300 and still have an hour
> left of biking.  Can you all hear me screaming?????  Susan
 > On Sun, Jan 12, 2014 at 1:38 PM, Glenn Primack
<email @ redacted>wrote:
>> I am with you on the good luck sentiment.  It's definitely harder to keep
>> steady blood sugars when doing a lot of exercise, at least for me.  When
>> doing exercise for that long, I try to suspend my pump about 2 1/2 hours
>> ahead of time, and then adjust my pump to 20% to 30% of my regular basal
>> for the duration of the exercise.  That will keep me pretty steady.
>> If it's in the morning and I need to eat, I will eat about 70 grams of
>> carbs RIGHT before exercise (Some people have problems with exercise right
>> after eating, but seems to work for me) and inject around .5 or .75 units
>> of insulin for all of that food when I would normally do about 7 units for
>> that food if I wasn't exercising.  The food digests slowly since I am
>> exercising and my blood sugars stay pretty stable.  I watch my Dexcom and
>> always keep gummy bears in my pockets to take one or two of if I see my BS
>> headed down.  Then in the last 20 minutes or so of exercise I usually turn
>> my basal back to normal and give myself half a unit of insulin to get
>> insulin in my system again and then monitor my blood sugars pretty closely
>> when I get home.  It would be hard for me without a Dexcom.
>> I did a 10 mile run this morning with that method with good results.  I
>> think the key for me is exercising immediately after eating and not giving
>> time for my sugars to spike.
>> Glenn
>> On Sun, Jan 12, 2014 at 2:28 PM, Susan Lane <email @ redacted> wrote:
>>> Melanie, all I can say is GOOD LUCK.  I'm also an avid exerciser and a
>> type
>>> 1 with a pump and a Dexcom.  Every time I think I have things figured
>> out,
>>> kapooie, something new happens.  Example, I took a 50 mile bike ride
>>> yesterday.  Bought a new kind of bar to nourish me for the ride.  At
>> about
>>> 35 miles I ate 3/4 of the bar (about 20 carbs) and when I was done with
>> the
>>> ride, I was at 300.  FRUSTRATING.  So, now I figure that maybe I'll take
>>> nibbles of the bar throughout the ride and maybe that will keep me more
>>> level.  Or maybe not eat that bar at all.  The guessing game continues.
>>> Now here's the best advice I can give you.  Eat low glycemic index carbs.
>>> Whole wheat, whole grain.  Eat food that is easy to digest during the
>>> tennis game, so that your blood sugar does not suddenly rise after your
>>> workout due to the fact that it didn't digest while you were being
>> active.
>>> Don't forget, your blood is mostly in your limbs when you're working out
>>> and not in your digestive system, so your food takes longer to digest.
>>> There are drinks that are way better than Gatorade.  Gatorade has a lot
>> of
>>> dyes and such that you may not want in your body.  I just bought
>> something
>>> called Skratch that you put in your water.  I will experiment with it the
>>> next time out.  Also, dates are a great food for when you exercise.  They
>>> are sweet, but they are lower glycemic index and you can buy date bars at
>>> Costco that are made with whole wheat instead of while flour. If you are
>>> eating junk food to keep your bg up, remember that they will spike you
>> and
>>> then you will drop fast.  Pair an apple with peanut butter, so that the
>> fat
>>> and protein in the pb slows down the digestion of the apple.  Stuff like
>>> that.  Candy is not a good thing to eat unless you need a quick spike up
>> if
>>> you are in danger.
>>> I hope this helps just a little bit.  I'm still trying to figure out how
>> to
>>> get through a spinning class!!  Susan
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