For many of us summer is just beginning, which means it's time to get active! Head outside, maybe hit the beach, dust off your bike and a good pair of walking shoes!
What is your relationship to physical activity and diabetes management? What have you tried? What works for you and what doesn’t?
Share your thoughts on this topic in the discussion below, or write a blog about it and post the link below!
I only exercise that I've ever enjoyed is swimming but I haven't been swimming since I was diagnosed with type 1 15 months ago. I'm too afraid of having a hypo in the water.
Oooh glucosegirl---I'm so sorry. I'm not using insulin yet, but I'm sorry you are having to limit so severely an activity that you love. Have you pursued finding out more about the likelihood of such an event? We have so many athletic members who have to deal with the same kinds of difficulties. They might be able to give you good advise!
Are you havign frequents lows and if you are do they happen predictably?
If you are having lots of lows, you could raise another post here and ask advice from the experienced members here how you can get things more predictable.
Is it possible to go in the pool with someone else who will keep an eye on you, and also to test say every 15 minutes while in the water to see what impact it has on your blood sugars? Once you've done this a few times you should have a lot more confidence on how your body will respond and you can plan appropriately.
Before exercise just make sure you are a little high (eat more), or wait until after you are finished before using insulin (2 hrs). Cutting back on insulin before is also a option. There is a way to do it, you just need to figure it out what will work for you.
As a swimmer and hockey player, I can relate to having fears about going hypo. In fact I almost went into a coma this past year (the reading was "low" on my freestyle lite which means I was under 20) during an episode after playing hockey. I love them both enough to not stop, I just had to find the way since the will was there.
This is very topical. This entry was in the Garvan Institute newsletter this month:
Taking a muscular approach towards diabetes and other diseases
Scientists at Garvan have identified a gene that regulates muscle size, a finding that could help unlock therapies for Type 2 diabetes and diseases such as muscular dystrophy, where muscles are weakened and damaged.
Dr Lowenna Holt (pictured right), A/Prof Greg Cooney and Prof Roger Daly were researching ways to improve the response of muscle to insulin, when they discovered that a particular strain of genetically modified mice - missing the Grb10 protein - had large muscles. This finding led them to further research and they have found that this protein regulates muscle development at the embryonic stage, even before birth.
Apart from its implications in muscle regeneration during healing, the finding is important for diabetes research because muscles are the biggest users of glucose in the body. A drug able to reduce the Grb10 protein from expressing in the body would increase muscle mass, and so increase the capacity to move glucose from the blood stream into cells, a major goal for any diabetes therapy.
Thanks for this information Pastelpainter.
I see a HUGE difference in favor of days when my now 9 year old son has a sporting activity. BG's are PERFECT for hours after. I even nailed the post activity night basal with reduced temp basal, YEEEEAH!
I wrote a post on my blog about him taking part in kids TRYathlon last year. Here is the link, hope you enjoy it....
His next TRYAthlon is coming up on 24th June.
I think exercise is critical for physical and mental well being.
Don't always do as much as I should though, as mummy duties and work can get in the way.
I like triathlon - the variety of 3 disciplines. I did Iron Man Malaysia in 2007 (already 5 years ago) before I became a Mummy.
Now I think I'll prefer the mid distances of Olympic and Half as they don't require so much training time.
Since new baby arrived I've been swimming (like to swim about 1000 m / session) and treadmill. Did 35 mins alternating running and walking this morning. Looking foward to doing some outdoor run sessions when my fitness improves.
I've joined a diabetic triathletes group recently (though yet to JOIN them for activities) to try to increase motivation.
I sign up with Team Diabetes ( Canada ) regularly as a walker/bit of running and see it as a Win Win ...love to fund raise for all people with diabetes and keeps me motivated .Got on my bike yesterday to one of my volunteer jobs ...another win/win : good for the environment /good for me ( temp basal @ 75 percent ) Off to Amsterdam , Oct. 2013
A good pair of walking shoes and a road less traveled is my approach to exercise. I have found that it lowers insulin resistance and the weight loss is a real plus. I religiously walk 2 to 3 miles a day. If I get rained out or for other reasons miss a day I get really bummed out. Now if I can only convince my knees that this is good for me I will have it made.
Walking at a local mall or a large store during poor weather is a great work around to still get your walks. Wearing a knee sock or other support device on your knees help reduce swelling after and pain during.
I have found that it has helped my diabetes management to have something non-diabetes to focus on. For many years, it was rock and roll and partying and, well, that's not perhaps a useful long-term investment. Exercise doesn't have to be world-class performance but just moving and pushing yourself off the couch. That's how I started and, while I'm not winning medals, I'm still faster than I was, even though I'm old enough that it will not suprise me if one of these mornings I'm not able to run as fast as I do now and never do again.