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Carbohydrate Adjustments for Exercisers with Diabetes

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This is very helpful. I do 1 hr on the elliptical every day and often feel a little shaky afterwards. Its so hard not to run for the first high-carb thing I see afterwards. Maybe carbing up a little before my workout will help. Report
I am so excited about this info. I now know how to treat all the low BS I've been having since I have been exercising! I thought I just needed to increase proteins, but I now see that I should consume a carb before activities. My snacks are very important and I need to eat them at the times they are scheduled (my own schedule). I have a bad habit of pushing food off when I am feeling ok - getting preoccupied or busy. Report
I hate those nasty lows. Now I know how to avoid them. Thanks! Report
Thank you for this article. My husband just started taking Metformin yesterday, and will be working out at the gym after work Thursday night. I'll pass this information on to him. He will be attending educational classes about diabetes, but you know that takes time. Report
Wow, this has been an area of great struggle for me. After a knee replacement I use my stationary bike regularly. When I am keeping up with my exercise I have the hardest time with my eating, I get so hungry and tired in the afternoon that I blow it! I will be eating 15g of carbs before biking and seeing if my outlook for the rest of the day is improved. Report
This chart will be very useful. Report
Thank you so much for the printable chart! I often find the I don't really know what a serving size is! No more adjusting too much! Report
Great article. I know I easily go low after exercise and always plan a small snack for after working out. Be very careful if you exercise at night because you could have these episodes occur at night while you are sleeping and that can be scary. I have managed to stop taking medicine and with diet and exercise I am well controlled with an A1c @ 5.6. Now if only these pesky pounds would disappear! Report
This is a very good article. My only complaint is that the chart is useless for me as I am Canadian. We don't use the same measurements for glucose readings so I have no idea what the chart numbers mean. It would be great if you could put both the American and the Canadian equivalents on the chart. Report
Thanks for the information! I have been aggressively working on managing my type 2 diabetes. Since March my A1c has dropped from over 11 to under 8 plus I have lost about 20 lbs. But, I have had two low Blood Sugar episodes the last few weeks. One was after a 6 mile walk so this is really timely for me!!! Report
I'm new to SparkPeople. What an appropriate place for me because in High School our nickname was the Sparkplugs! Discovering new ways to exercise is a challenge I face because of my many health issues. The temptation to skip exercise is always present. The article on Beginning Exercise was very helpful to me. Report
I am new at this Spark People team thing but a friend of mine lost 88 lbs and she looks great. I am proud of her. I've been taking meds for diabetes for the past two years and my dr thinks that I can get off the medication by my choices. WW was cut from the family budget and so was the YMCA so I am trying to get support with my fitness and weight loss goals here. I am not ready for posting pictures but I've appreciated all the articles and comments posted here. Thanks. Report
i also have found that i bottom out when i eat allot of things with white flour in them. so i have almost completely switched to whole wheat and that has helped allot. Report
both my parents where diabetics my mom had to be on three shoots of insulin a day plus a sliding scale.. she would bottom out often.. as a nurse i learned the term for my mom and that was fragile diabetic. one day some thing told me to check on my mom at the nursing home. it was very early and before work. i came in and found her almost ina coma she would not respond to me at all or anyone else. her sugar was below 30 and the nurse tried two different thing to get her sugar up and i said she needs the er . we went it took all day to get her sugar and then it was 250.
my problem is since i was 30 i have had what i call weak spells and have been diagnosed as a borderline diabetic. one md told me i would not be borderline for long.. that was 19 years ago and i still am fighting with diet and exercise. only. my md now says i have metobolic syndrome and that i had to lose weight and exercise or else. my sugar was 138 not bad but i was 30 pounds overweight.
so here i am working on it again, not wanting to end up like my mom,. but it is a very fine line because to lose weight you have to cut your calories and exercise but then you can bottom out at any time. so balance is the key.
that you for your article cause. it will help me to regulate my blood sugar better...i tend to exercise before i eat not a good idea when i have the same issues as my mom my sugar bottoms out allot. up down up down... just me ginger Report
Experienced symptoms after exercise yesterday for first time in 35 days since I began exercising. I will follow recommendation to test before and after exercise for the first time in my life today. Thank you for this info.! Report

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