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Re: [IP] Exercising on a Pump



Does anyone else take extra insulin before a workout?  I have found that
with weight lifting, I usually need extra insulin, ususally 2 units.
Depending on whether I am above 150, or below, I will take it before I work
out, or in the middle.  If I don't lift weights during my work out, I will
sometimes go high, and sometimes go low, if I don't take extra insulin.  (My
basal rate is 0.5).  Also, when I play raquetball, I usually will go low,
unless I eat something before, but if I play roller hocky, I will go really
high without extra insulin.  I don't disconnect my pump except to play
hockey.  Simetimes I will go low atfer my work out, but someimes I am ok.
Thanks,
Mario
----- Original Message -----
From: <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2000 3:10 PM
Subject: Re: [IP] Exercising on a Pump


> In a message dated 11/29/2000 4:20:43 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> email @ redacted writes:
>
>
> > I'm really interested to know what pumpers do with their pumps while
> > exercising in different ways, particularly swimming and cycling. Do you
> > still
> > have to take extra carbs (I hate having to do that) or can you lower or
> > suspend the base insulin and get decent bgs before and after. Is there
any
> > benefit to be had in adjusting the base insulin some time before the
> > exercise
> > period begins?
> >
>
> Rosemary,
>
>        I have done a little bit of cycling and this has worked very well
for
> me:  an hour before starting the bike ride, I reduce my basal insulin rate
to
> .2 and keep it there for the duration of the ride.  (During the mornings
when
> I have used this formula, my basals are normally set at .8 and decrease
> throughout the morning to .4)  I eat a meal before riding and so I adjust
my
> insulin to carb ratio.  I typically have a ratio of 1 unit per 6 carbs,
and
> on bike riding days I use the ratio of 1 unit per 15 carbs.  This kept me
> from dropping too low or raising too high during the bike ride.  One
specific
> ride I started at 94 mg/dl and ended up at 92 mg/dl --- 10.6 miles later!
I
> was very pleased with that however so many more simple things never work
out
> for me!  Good luck!
>
> Kelly
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