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8/17/12 12:00 A

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I never even though of this. I would wonder why my sugar would be so high after exercise, but I never ate before hand. I will have to test, eat, exercise and test again to see how that works. Thanks for the info! emoticon

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6/21/12 2:03 P

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Funny you should post this for I have been wondering all morning "what happened" FBS was 86 @ 9am. I had breakfast @ 10am after I had 2 cups of coffee (as usual) I ate toast, a little butter a sm peach with my 2nd cup @ 11 am I exercised for 10min @ 12 pm BS was up 155, had lunch @1:30 pm pre lunch BS was 165 mean while I've drank 6 cup of water, so I can't figure what I did wrong?
After reading the post I'm thinking it spiked because I didn't eat enough for breakfast, then I exercised.


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5/17/12 12:04 A

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Here's what may have happened.

When you exercise, if you don't have enough food on board to sustain the activity level, your brain tells the liver to dump a bunch of stored sugar into your blood stream... It's called the Symogi effect, aka the "dawn phenomenon", because it often happens to create high BGLs in the mornings when you don't eat while you're asleep. It's the reason its so important for diabetics to have regular meals and not skip...

When your body becomes accustomed to less processed sugar, and then you dump a bunch into your blood stream, you can trigger an insulin response--but in diabetics the response regulators have been compromised by the disease, and it over-compensates--and you end up with a 'crash'. NOT a good thing, it's a strain on your remaining pancreas functions, AND low blood glucose levels can be dangerous--even cause death, if extreme enough.

Sugar can be accommodated in a diabetic diet, but it has to count as part of your daily total and should be included with a meal or at the least with some protein to slow absorption. If you HAVE to have M&Ms, make them the ones with peanuts!--and check the amount of carbs! Better yet, go with dark chocolate and peanuts--and better than that?

Skip it, and go find an apple! LOL

At least the apple has soluble fiber in it, which actually helps you maintain your glucose levels at a healthier level!...

You'll get it... keep working at it, look for patterns.

Anything worth doing takes time!...

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5/16/12 2:07 P

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I always thought that your blood sugar was lower after exercise, so one day I took my monitor with me to the gym, and I tested my blood right after a killer pilates class. I was sure I was going to get a great reading, but it was very high.

On the other hand, the first time I had candy after being diagnosed with diabetes, I was sure I was going to get a terrible reading. I was craving M&Ms, and I hadn't had them in months, so I bought some from a vending machine and I felt like I was committing a crime. I took my reading after I ate them and -- it was 88, the lowest reading I had since I started keeping track!

So I don't know how to figure it out.

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3/8/12 8:49 P

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That testing stuff sure works, doesn't it? LOL emoticon

"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." Walter P. Chrysler said it, I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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3/5/12 9:41 P

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I have been trying to figure out how exercise impacts my sugars too- sometimes I drop lower and sometimes my BS rise. I am actually trying to figure out how to safely do a half marathon without hitting any low BS. If I eat a bit of a snack 45 minutes before I run, my BS go up but stay within my target ranges. If I don't have something in my system I either drop low or my sugars shoot way high- So snack it is! Testing before and after is the best way to figure it out for me!

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3/4/12 9:55 P

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It's the same phenomenon, folks. Whenever your body doesn't have enough "on board" for the activity you're engaged in, even in your sleep, your brain sends a message to your liver to dump some stored sugar into the mix... and there you go.

Have a snack before you start, and see if that takes care of it. It doesn't have to be carb-loading like athletes do, just 15g of carbs and a bit of protein is enough for most folks...

Check it out. Experiment a little!
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"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." Walter P. Chrysler said it, I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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3/2/12 12:06 P

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I realize this question is a bit older but I was wondering if this is a common problem.

I have recently started training for the Tour de Cure ride with the ADA so have been checking my blood sugars before and after my rides and have found the same to be true for me. This morning I did a 50 min ride at about 11.5 mph (a good clip for me right now). Before the ride my reading was 88, 30 min after the ride it was 123.

FYI: I experience the 'dawn phenomenon' mentioned in this thread too.




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6/24/11 5:33 P

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up and down 14 steps twice today.
ride bike for 15 min.
danced for 10 min.



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Well, I went for a vigorous walk (hilly) yesterday (maybe 75 to 80% by perceived effort), unfortunately forgot to check my BG before starting, but it was 145 right after I finished. I checked it half an hour later and it was 148, which I would call no change. Unfortunately, I went to dinner after that, so couldn't follow it any further.

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6/13/11 6:05 P

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I guess you get what you pay for.

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6/13/11 6:02 P

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Everyday Health turned out to be a disappointment. They are supposed to respond to your question within 72 hours. I sent them a question five days ago. They haven't answered.


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A snack sounds like it might help. But now I need to do consistent exercise, so I can tell what actually makes a difference.

I do tend to suffer from rising BG in the mornings until I eat something. Even if it starts low when I first get up, it keeps rising until I eat. It went up 90 points in an hour once while I was waiting for a fasting blood draw.

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NIAGCHRIS may easily be right. One thing you may want to try--though it sounds counterintuitive--is having a small snack about half an hour before the workout. If you have something in your system for your body to use during the exercise, you may not get a spike. Sounds weird I know, but it works for dawn phenomenon, and if it's a liver release, this might work for your workouts too. Certainly worth trying, until your body gets used to the additional activity...

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I'm 55 and take metformin and actos. I haven't really checked to see how long it stays up, mostly I check 15 to 30 minutes after stopping.

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This just a guess: The vigorous exercise is stimulating your liver to release stored sugar but your cells are still resistant to taking it in. How quickly does it go back down? That is probably the important part.

I found a web site, Health something, where you can ask a question and get an answer from a pharmisist within 72 hours. I will check my e-mail and post it.

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How much of a rise? It might be interesting to check before and after varying the length of time of your vigorous exercise to see what kind of an effect. What is your weight, age, what medications are you on?

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Any time I do vigorous exercise (ST or intervals), my blood sugar rises. About the only thing exercise that doesn't cause a rise is a slow to moderate walk. Anyone have any ideas on controlling this?

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