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ARCHIVER7 Posts: 4
4/22/10 1:27 A

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Thanks for the tips! I'm off to Jujitsu tonight so we'll see how we go. That book looks great, it's on its way to me as I type. Will definitely try lowering the basal for a longer period before class, just need to remember to do it!

Sometimes I think I need a PA just to look after my diabetes appointments, reminders and tasks!

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4/20/10 4:19 P

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Hi Archiver,

I find that lowering my basal rate has an effect MUCH later than 30 minutes after it is lowered. I used to lower it 1 hour before exercise, but find that I do alot better with lowering it 90 min before exercise. I walk 5 miles three days a week, and it is very different than Jujitsu since it is slow and steady, but what works for me is this: I use a temp. basal of 60% of my normal rate, and start it 90 min before I exercise and have it end 30 minutes before I expect to be done. I walk for about 90 minutes, so I set the temp basal for 2.5 hours total, so my regular rate kicks back on .5 hours before I am done. I still drop with this, but not that much. Also, if my BS is lower than 150 when I start the exercise I have about 10-15g carb before I start.

I also do 60 min of strength/pilates stuff where we do some mat stuff and also jump around with weights (kettlebell swings, lunges with weights, squats with a medicine ball, etc.) I have found that I don't generally need to lower my basal rate for this, but I have been doing these things for ever so my body has adjusted.

Like you, I have found that when it is something I haven't done before it just gives me a low.

The other thing that matters - when was my last bolus. I try to make sure my last bolus was 4 hours before exercise otherwise it is still in my body and the exercise makes it more effective and can give me a low.

Good luck!

-Honey

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4/20/10 9:18 A

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I've already recommended this book to a few people:
www.amazon.com/Diabetic-Athletes-Han
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I got it while I was debating training for a half marathon and I LOVE it! It's about why our bodies work the way they do, how insulin/carbs/exercise affect us, and what some pro athletes do to keep their diabetes under control.
The second half of the book is about specific athletic events and recommendations on how to plan for them. Give it a glance at a bookstore if you can to see if it will work for you - I got mine at Borders. Good luck!

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ARCHIVER7 Posts: 4
4/19/10 9:44 P

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Hi all, had to vent my frustration today after a really annoying hypo at jujitsu last night. I've been doing pretty well with blood sugar control during martial arts (not to mention working out how to deal with an insulin pump in the face of kicks, punches and throws!). But then it was just a little change in the routine (groundwork instead of stand up work) and BAM! major hypo city.

Is there anything more frustrating than trying to exercise and instead sitting on the sidelines cramming sugary treats into your mouth?

And then of course being the stubborn mule I am I went back to class once my BSL's were under control and lasted about 10 minutes before another hypo!

Anyone have any tips for controlling blood sugar during really intense exercise? One that doesn't require me to eat a whole lot more would be great :) By the way, I'm already lowering my basals as low at they can go half an hour before class.

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