OK so I have been on the pump for almost 3 years now and have to children one is 4 and the other 2(both boys and a handful). I have been working out for the last year and a half just finished turbo fire and loved it. However, it is very hard to control sugars and jump around with the pump on. I just started Insanity last week and wow its even harder. So I was just wondering if anyone else had these issues and what works to help control bg with exercise or best way to keep your pump from bouncing around so much.
thanks for the reply. I have tried just about everything one day I am high and the next i go low. JUst feels pointless when nothing stays the same.
Yeah, that's how I felt. Are you uploading your data? I have a Medtronic Revel, so I upload my data and share it with my endo. He's better equipped to see patterns than I am (I need to work on that).
After he took a look at a report that had a couple of workouts on it he could see that my glucose levels were dropping for hours after. That's when he made the suggestion that I take my basal down even lower and extend the time to 5 hours instead of 2. Basically, my body gets really efficient in processing insulin (yeah!) and I need to roll back how much I'm taking for longer than I thought.
Frustration is real though, so keep reaching out and, again, get help if you need it. Also, don't be so hard on yourself.
My endo was really good when I was pregnant about keeping on top of my settings on my pump. But now I send in my reading and what I am taking every 2 weeks and it takes him a week to answer and lately his suggestions have not worked at all. He had originally told me it was ok to take my pump off when I worked out because it wasn't for more than an hour usually. And when I first started working out that worked great but now I'm all over the place with bgs and its really hard to feel good when you work out and then have to turn around and eat or take insulin. Not to mention I feel as if my children get the bad end of it. When I am low or high I feel like sleeping and get sick to my stomach and have really bad headaches. Which means playing and having fun with them comes to a stop. It seems like high school was way easier to control my bgs. Maybe hormones are changing or something as I'm getting older.
Thank you by the way it is nice to have someone to talk to who understands what I am going through. I love my husband but sometimes he can be such a man as far as understanding my emotions. Especially when it comes to controling my diabetes.
This is what I use for many occasions.
Being very active would require me to intake carbs often, due to constantly getting low.
Best of luck,
Type 1 - 30 years
Wow, you are amazing! what about meals, within what time period of meals and bolus do you jump. do you ever adjust your bolus, or only your basal...
Hi Amber! Your situation sounds very similar to mine (I also have 2 boys-almost 2 and 4). I have been running 5-7 days a week for a year and half and have struggled with pump location. My clip has recently broke (but I am too lazy/cheap to order a new one as I am considering a switch to a different pump) which leaves the option of clipping it to shorts out of the question-not that it was ideal to begin with.
For the past 3 months I have been clipping it to the inside of my sports bra (with the pump screen facing in.) I really liked the security it provides (ex: stays close to your body, doesn't dislodge and bump around). However, just last week I had an error message-couldn't clear it, took the batteries out-didn't help. Called their customer service support and learned that sweat can penetrate the casing and destroy a pump-news to me! I received a new pump and now must decided on a new location. I have previously worn it on the straps of my sports bra (with the screen facing out-this worked well also but definitely still bumps around and I am constantly worried about pulling the tubing.) My husband suggested I wear it in an Ipod case and strap it to my arm-so I will try it this morning and see how it goes.
I try and exercise at the same time with the same meal before so I know my BS response. If I disconnect my pump I always am high after a run (around 250)-so this is not an option. I do not lower my basal and if I am weary of going low I will eat a quick snack before running (a handful of fruit snacks-which we always have on hand). If you are doing Insanity can I assume you are at home? Can you keep your meter near by and check to see if you go low 20-30 minutes in? Figuring out your basal needs during exercise is different for everyone. I know it stinks and is not the best advice-but you might have to guess and check-a lot. What works one day might not work the next. It is definitely frustrating!
thanks for the reply. I have been wearing it on my sprots bra a well and that was working great, but if my sweat my get into it im going to have to try something else. I am working out at home, being in a small town doesn't give you any other choice. I have finally gotten it mostly under control however, when aunt flow visits the challenge starts all over again. I guess one week a month is not bad.
just out of curiosity do you find it hard to control you weight with being a diabetic? I have lost weight but am stuck and can't lose any more and I feel like I am pushing myself really hard.
Sorry for the delayed reply-we were on vacation last week. Couldn't agree more with you. I have been stuck for over a year at the same weight (even though I vary my workout-added in resistance and interval training). I understand that the body will consider any prolonged similar physical activity to be a new normal and my weight will stay steady. So after incorporating new and varied workout techniques and monitoring my diet, I was still at a standstill.
I finally read Dr. Bernstein's book and over the past month have been experimenting with a very low carb approach. I can't express how positive this has been for me. I am no longer a "mean mommy" (as my children have described me when my bs swing drastically from highs to lows), I no longer walk around in a haze (the way I feel when my bs is too high), I have tons more energy, and-best of all-my bs have been fantastic! I don't follow all of his recommendations (he isn't a fan of carrots-I can't stop eating them and apples have never impacted my bs so I still eat 1 or 2/day), but I do try and keep all my of my carbs to under 12 at meals. Just following his diet for 7 days dropped me 4 pounds. Now, I don't think this is necessarily healthy or will last (and I am sure most of it is water weight), but limiting the amount of insulin at meals will most surely cause a reduction in weight (I hope!) I resisted a low carb approach since I was diagnosed. I functioned under the idea that everyone needs carbs from grains-especially a diabetic. I am slowly accepting that for me-this is flawed logic. I don't need carbs from grains (I surely want them-but definitely don't need them). Instead, I'll get my carbs from veggies. I can't stress enough what a change I have seen in my bs numbers and my outlook (and hopefully, my weight!) Have you thought/tried to lower your carb intake?
I havn't tried that. I was diagnosed at 11 and I think they were trying to make me feel better and told me it was ok to eat anything as long as I took my shots. Now its hard to get out of that mind set. I will have to look into buying the book. Thanks for the great advice.