Re: [IP] exercising
Buster, just curious: do you wait about 15 to 20 minutes to eat after
giving yourself insulin or do you inject and just start to eat?
On Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 12:16 PM, Buster Q <email @ redacted> wrote:
> Managing exercise is hands down for me the most challenging and
> 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
> every other day.
> Also, I'm 49 and my father died from heart disease when he was 53. I have
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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,
> 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
> 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
> > and I just figure that I'll do the best I can. I used to turn my pump
> > 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
> >> 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
> >> after eating, but seems to work for me) and inject around .5 or .75
> >> of insulin for all of that food when I would normally do about 7 units
> >> 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
> >> always keep gummy bears in my pockets to take one or two of if I see my
> >> headed down. Then in the last 20 minutes or so of exercise I usually
> >> 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
> >> 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
> >> 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
> >>> 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
> >>> 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
> >>> 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
> >>> next time out. Also, dates are a great food for when you exercise.
> >>> are sweet, but they are lower glycemic index and you can buy date bars
> >>> Costco that are made with whole wheat instead of while flour. If you
> >>> 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
> >>> that. Candy is not a good thing to eat unless you need a quick spike
> >> if
> >>> you are in danger.
> >>> I hope this helps just a little bit. I'm still trying to figure out
> >> to
> >>> get through a spinning class!! Susan
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