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[IP] Running vs other forms of exercise
I've been jogging regularly (at least 3x/wk) for over 25 years, and I've
been a Type 1 for longer than that.
>All my life, I've scoffed at the reports that a diabetic cannot exercise
>(or their performance/energy level will suffer) at numbers above 200.
I don't hesitate to jog at any bg up to 250. Above that, I'm reluctant
because my body is totally out of whack. I take a bolus and wait for an
hour, retest, and then go.
>... in aerobics classes, other high intensity sports - I would drop
>drastically in the first 15 min and then level out. I always disconnected
>about 15 minutes prior and remained disconnected for the duration.
I jog for 30-40 minutes. During that time, I'll drop roughly 100 mg/dl, for
which I'll need 30 g CHO. If I don't consume the sugar, I'll have a hypo
for *sure*. I don't disconnect during the jog, since the insulin I'm
infusing won't show its effects until after the jog is over.
>... with running, I cannot disconnect or I will generally rise or not budge.
I have _never_ seen a higher bg after a jog.
>My question is for serious runners (which I would like to become!) - how
>does running differ from other sports in terms of blood sugar for you?
I'm an experienced *jogger*, so I'll let the runners speak separately.
Jogging is no different for me than any other aerobic activity. It uses a
lot of sugar and it uses it quickly. If my bg is normal, I have to "tank
up" with carbs before I start. If my bg is elevated, I can use the jogging
to bring it down. If my bg is sky-high, I bring it down to a reasonable
range before I start.
>Interested for input!
HTH. Can't wait to read about other people's experiences.
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