Break Through!!! Temp. Basal Decreases and Activity

I think I just had a break though w/T on the reasons he needs to put a temp decrease on when he does cardio like gym. He woke up 193 today... and by lunch was 93 and did not put on a temp. So... I told him.. ok.. that is a 100 point drop... what if you woke up 120 then did gym w/out a temp decrease??? Where would you be by lunch? His eyes went wide and he said.... "On the floor??" YES!!! So tonight he went to our basement gym and worked out and guess what he used....... a TEMP DECREASE!!! Wooo hooo... if you understand what I am saying here... you know how important this break through is... I am one happy momma right now! :)

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Comment by acidrock23 on October 12, 2011 at 4:25am
One caveat that I've noticed with those is that I seem to need less of a decrease after working out for a while? One advantage of PE is that, at least with my daughter, is that they change workouts a lot so that might mitigate that but I've been running for a while and, even though I've run a bit farther, I don't turn it down as much as I used to for similar distances. I also like to do 2 tests before I workout, to confirm which way it's going, unless the CGM is being **really** accurate which it only seem to do occasionally these days...
Comment by Katsz on October 12, 2011 at 7:15am
Acidrock... He has been doing a combination between weight lifting and cardio... been kinda tricky to figure out but we keep "experimenting" with what works best and things are getting better... at least now big lows.
Comment by Brian (bsc) on October 12, 2011 at 7:29am
Exercise can have a dramatic effect on insulin requirements. Particularly weightlifting. The effect often lasts 24-48 hours. Some people find their insulin requirements drop 50%. As you become more accustomed to the exercise there will be less of a pronounced effect and if you exercise regularly it will smooth out. I'm glad your son appears to be a smart cookie. A good resource is Sheri Colberg's "The Diabetic Athlete's Handbook." I'm sure the proud momma is going to buy him the book.
Comment by Katsz on October 12, 2011 at 8:07am
Right now I am reading "Your Science Experiment"... will look into "The Diabetic Athletes's Handbook" though. Yes.. the first few days of exercise/weights really made him soooo much more insulin sensitive it was amazing. He is now using about 65 units a day when he has been as far up as 100 before. ( he is 6 foot 3 inches He has been a carboholic but now he sees it is better to use less insulin because he can lose weight that way. yay!

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