[Previous Months][Date Index][Thread Index][Join - Register][Login]
[Message Prev][Message Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next]
[IP] Need help re: feel after long bike rides
- To: email @ redacted
- Subject: [IP] Need help re: feel after long bike rides
- From: David Sieperda <email @ redacted>
- Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2001 04:41:42 -0700
- Reply-To: email @ redacted
- User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Win98; en-US; m18) Gecko/20010131 Netscape6/6.01
> "you must be
> one of those rare people that need to INCREASE their basal rate after
> aerobic exercise vs. DECREASE it.
> ANY IDEAS OUT THERE?
Here are the things that I have to think about when exercising and
lowering basal rates, maybe it will help you. How long has it been
since your last bolus? If it has been less than four hours since my
last bolus and I don't have any food or enough food in my system, watch
out because the "insulin pool" under my skin becomes readily available
when my heart rate goes up for more than a few minutes and will lower BG
levels really fast. So if I have bolused less than four hours ago, I
will lower basal rates 1.5 hours before exercise and still eat a bit of
carbs before I go, depending on the length of my exercise.
I am pretty sensitive to insulin. I take 1 unit to cover 22-25 grams
of carb during a normal day, and I only lower my basal rate by 30% if
it's going to be a long workout. Long, slower workouts tend to burn
body fat, which requires insulin. If a workout is going to take more
than 0.5 hour, I will lower basal by 30% and take in some carbs during
the workout. I think this is the key, I always perform better when I
have enough insulin in my blood to convert body fat to energy along with
the 30 grams or so of carb that I ingest during an hour or so of a workout.
I know this sounds impossible, but your experience will be the only
thing that will teach you how your body reacts to exercise of different
intensities and types. I am a poor swimmer, and I haven't been doing it
as long as I have other sports. When I swim I always need to lower my
basal rates by 50% to keep my BG level, when I run and bike its a 30%
reduction. Good luck and keep an exercise journal which will help you
see trends which can make the learning process go much quicker.
for HELP or to subscribe/unsubscribe, contact: HELP@insulin-pumpers.org
send a DONATION http://www.Insulin-Pumpers.org/donate.shtml