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Re: [IP] exercising

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.


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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