For those of us taking meds that do not cause blood sugar lows the best way to manage bs is to eat 45 minutes before you exercise so that the food can be digested.
Plenty of water when exercising. Carol
Edited by: JERSYGRL at: 2/22/2012 (13:24)
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The medic Alert USB bracelet I have, is embossed with the red international medical concerns issue symbol, and the back says Diabetic. That is as much info as passersby, need. Twice in the last two years, EMT have used mine, and both times the team plugged it in to their notebooks, connected to my choice of Hospital listed, and took me there, and were glad to have Rx, and were able to treat faster. Most First Responders today have access available. Unless your far out in the country, or mountains - and first people to arrive on site are boy scouts, or other hikers...they should recognise the symbol, and be able to read the word Diabetic...if not they would be able to do much to treat you, other than maybe call for help.
But the main reason I mentioned it , was that it is great for keeping all medical tests, procedures, labs, results, it holds names of which Medical Dr.'s we see - Surgeons, Cardiologist, Pulmonologist, Endocrinologist, along with GP, Dentist, Eye Dr., Podiatrist, and Dermatologist...as both myself and husband have unfortunately, have more than a few each.
i wasn't thinking of it in terms of replacing medic alert, but rather as a way to keep track of all my meds and supplements (dosages and adjustments to same) ---- and to give to doc when I have to go to a new clinic, specialist or to the hospital......
Right now I print off a copy and keep in my purse. No decision made, but exploring other options just to see what is out there.
But thanks for the reminder. If EMS don't know we are diabetic, they can't treat us. So we need to make it easier for them to identify our medical condition(s)
Exercise doesn't just affect the numbers during or immediately after a session: I have learned to expect a drop in my blood glucose levels several hours AFTER exercise... If I exercise just after breakfast (7am), I often have a drop in numbers around 4pm, and sometimes as late as dinner--or even the following day. It really is important to monitor whenever you feel a change as well.
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Please remember that a USB bracelet or tag does not replace your Medic Alert (or other brand) ID. You need something that identifies your medical condition immediately.
If you're on a hike and your sugar drops, or you're injured and unconscious, the average bystander or even rescue team isn't going to have their computer available at the moment they find you.
The USB devices can be helpful once you're in a hospital setting but when every moment counts, rescuers need to know what they're dealing with. I've got relatives in the fire department and in search-and-rescue and they tell me they don't bother with USB devices since they don't need to know your entire medical history; they're dealing with the emergency.
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Linda, The medic alert bracelet or keychain that I have is made by CARE Inc. I ordered it on line. Holds tons of medical/personal info, on several family members. I have also seen similiar ones in Walgreens, Walmart and CVS. I am not very computer savvy, but it was so easy to imput data on both my husband and myself. The price was around $20.00 to $29.99.
I just enter new info after we've had blood test, or other test or scans, or new Rx's or OTC medications to keep it current.
Wow! Such great advice! Thanks to everyone. I just got my bracelet and bought a small testing kit to carry with me as mine is a little bulky. I forgot to get glucose tabs- have them on my list. It has been so helpful to be able to ask everyone for suggestions and ideas- This is all pretty new to me!
Because I keep my numbers pretty tight, I'm often starting to exercise with my BS at about 100. I have to reduce the basal amount on my pump by about 50% 15-20 minutes before beginning to walk (I hike around a lake in the mornings).
I continue to test every 15 minutes because my blood sugar can change very quickly.
I wear a small fanny pack with glucose tablets, my cell phone, my testing kit and a granola bar. Since I don't eat carbs like granola bars, it's only for emergency use. I also wear my medic-alert bracelet.
I check my pack before leaving the house. I made a mistake last year; found myself over a mile from my car and my sugar plummeted. I tested and realized I was using my last test strip. My blood sugar was 45. I reached into my kit for my glucose and found it empty, except for the wrapper of my granola bar, which I'd fed to the ducks on my last walk...needless to say, I knew I was in bad shape.
I was able to turn my pump off completely and sit and wait for my blood sugar to come up on its own. I kept in touch with my husband via cell until he knew I made it back to my car (he was working out of town and was threatening to call 911). Lesson learned: always be prepared!
Valerie type 1 diabetic, showing this disease who's boss!
Yes always wear your Diabetic ID bracelet or Necklace etc. I know someone who was with a diabetic while walking and the person became confused and disoriented. She did not know what to do. I explained what was happening to her low blood sugar.
if you typically experience low blood sugars because you are on meds, you probably should...
I am not on meds yet, so I tend not to get the super lows... but exercise usually drops my bs 20 - 50 points if my morning numbers are running high... the reason I have started exercising in the monrings...
it's worth observing... if you do, then you know and if there's no current problem or impact, then you could maybe consider spot checking now and then, but I would ask your personal diabetes doc/team who helps you manage this for their recommendations... :)
Good advice. Just want to reinforce the msg. that it is important to check your glucose prior to exercise, if you are having symptoms during exercise -- definitely check and I always check about 1/2 hr. to 45 minutes after exercise. Good luck!
As usual, lots of good advice on Spark. Every body is different. But you should make an effort to test befoe exercise..then you can base you decision on a number..say if BG is under 100, You might want to check again after an hour of exercise, to be sure you haven't gone too low. If you are going to outside walking/jogging,then wear ID, even a medical bracelet. A lot of runners have the rubber USB type medical info bracelet or the one that attaches to laces of your running shoes.
I would take my meter along with me for longer jogs. I do not check my BS if I have eaten an hour earlier. I would carry glucose tablets in case your bs goes below 70. So much of this is to see what works for you. How much intensity is in your work out etc. I find that if I work out for and hour or more my BS before a meal will be around 80. Peanut butter crackers are a good snack. Get a watch that has an alarm on it and check your BS about 20-30 minutes after your exercise. This way you will have an idea how your exercise impacts your bs. Love and Light Carol
I keep forgetting to test before and after exercise to see how much it is impacting my sugar levels. Do you see a big change in your levels? I am also wondering if I should carry my meter with me on longer jogs????? Should I be carrying a snack item and what are good things to carry? How often should one snack in an hour long workout????
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