Eight out of ten times when I have free time to workout my blood sugar is low or low enough that exercise will make it tank (I'm a Type 1 Diabetic). Then I have to eat something and wait for it to come up. But if I don't wait long enough the exercise drives it down low again and I have to eat more. Ahhhggghhh! It's nice to need less insulin, but I wish I could work out whenever I wanted. Sigh.
Are you eating enough throughout the day>
Yes, and I have been trying to eat more carbs since I seem to be working them off. I may need to decrease my insulin more.
A link to a women that uses low carb to keep her sugars under control. Her body is now adapted to using fat and ketones for fuel. I've read this helps keep sugar stable and insulin requirements down. Of course any big changes need to be medically supervised. Just something that might be worth some research for you. Good luck :)
Could you possibly drink a protein shake during a workout?
I don't know much about diabetes, but I was diagnosed insulin resistant a while back and I basically kept a shake and sipped on it throughout the workout. It kept me from tanking and it wasn't so heavy on my stomach as to make the workout nauseating. I would definitely try a trial exercise routine at home where you have access to more food and a couch if your sugar still spazzes out, but it may work.
I'm also an insulin dependent diabetic. If I don't have time for a proper snack before I work out I drink 8-12 oz of orange, apple or pomegranate juice containing 30 -45 grams of rapidly absorbed carbs which is good for a 30-60 minute workout. I keep glucose tablets on hand in the event I still go low. If I do have the time, I eat a banana and drink a glass of skim milk 1/2 hr before I start. I try for a pre excercise BG of 150-200 and usually finish around 80-110. For extended workouts I eat or drink 15-20 grams of carbs every 30-45 minutes depending on the intensity of the excercise and stop to check my BG if possible every 45 minutes or so
As a long and/or hard workout can deplete your glycogen levels and drive your blood sugar down for the rest of the day (and longer) it's important to consume some carbs after your workout and monitor your sugar frequently throughout the day
One last piece of advice. A forum on an internet site is not the best place to seek advice on how to manage your diabetes diet and exercise regime. You should consult with your doctor, CDE, or other qualified professional to avoid suffering potentially dire consequences. There are also diabetes guides published by the ADA, Johns Hopkins and the Joslin diabetes Institute that extensively cover excercise protocols for diabetics. I have found that the more you learn about the disease the easier it is to control it
Yeah, it was more of a vent/wondering if other Diabetics felt the same than asking for advice. I just get tired of working off calories and then eating them back.
Hope that helps!
I don't know about type 1, but for type 2 I have had a lot of success with cinnamon capsules. They are supposed to regulate your blood sugar levels. You might want to do some research on it. I take 3 1000mg a day. We started taking it for my mom's blood sugar and in 2 months she lowered it to the normal range. Something worth looking into. Good luck.
That's the whole point. Eating good food is one of life's great pleasures that's difficult to do if you're a diabetic. Burning an extra 800-1000 calories a day gives me the freedom to indulge in food and drink while maintaining a relatively healthy weight and stable blood sugars. At my last stress test my cardiologist told me I have the cardiac capacity of a 25 year old athlete and my risk of heart attack was near zero (heart disease is what kills 80 percent of diabetics). I'm 5-10 and have weighed 175-185 lbs and maintained AICs between 5.7 and 6.1 since I went on intensive insulin treatment in 1995. Keeping fit is definitely the way to go
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