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Re: [IPk] Working on an allotment.....

yes, I find working in the garden really drops my BG. I go for small 
amounts of something like fruit juice before and regularly while I'm 
gardening. If I start straight after breakfast then I'd reduce my bolus 
for breakfast and keep checking my BG every hour or so, as it can drop 
very fast and if I'm working hard I don't notice until I'm quite low. 
Regular breaks and a supply of fast acting carbs - fruit, biscuits etc. 
- work better for me than messing around with my basal.

Mary Moody wrote:
> I no longer have an allotment, however, do have a garden. I find that half
> an hour in the garden can have quite a dramatic effect on the BG. My latest
> approach is to leave 10g off my meal bolus if I will be working within two
> hours. Also eat something like one of the small bananas immediately before
> you start without bolusing. I think you will also find that you need to take
> fruit juice or something sweet as you work as well. I found that cutting my
> basal to 30% always resulted in a high later. This doesn't happen so readily
> when I skip or reduce the bolus. I only take a small dose of insulin (TDD
> about 18 units now) so a little change makes a big difference to me. I also
> find that half an hour in the garden uses far more calories than half an
> hour at the gym - I think its because so many different muscles are used.
> Allotments are really, really hard work .
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