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frustrated diabetic who wants to exercise
2 years ago  ::  Nov 12, 2012 - 5:38PM #4
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I swim, this can drop my numbers by over 100 points. I would ask the doctor to drop some medication and test,test ,test during your exercise to see how you do. When trying tofigure things out I checked every 15 minutes. I keep glucose tabs with me when I am in the pool or doing any other exercise. Keeping good records is what will guide you on how to move forward, Great job exercising by the way! Nancy

2 years ago  ::  Nov 08, 2012 - 9:34AM #3
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Hi there newetl1962 - Sheri Colberg is one of the experts who answers EQA questions for us here. Did you ask your question there, because she would be the one to answer it for you if you do. Head on over there from here:

Post your question with exercise as the category and she'll see it. I'm sure she can help.

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2 years ago  ::  Nov 06, 2012 - 4:10PM #2
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You might talk to your doctor about cutting back your metformin if you're going to work out regularly.

The most efficient way for anyone to lose weight, but especially for a diabetic is to cut calories.  Working out is good for your overall health, but you'll often have to eat as much glucose as you burn for the first few weeks of working out.

When you first start a new workout it can substantially drop your blood sugar.  But after your muscles become more efficient it takes less glucose and the blood sugar drop is less. 

So that means for the first few weeks of working out you'll have lower blood sugars and need to eat glucose tablets to keep blood sugar up. 

There's a good book called "The Diabetic Athlete" by Sheri Colberg who's a longtime type 1 diabetic.  You might be able to find it at the library.  I like that it gives advice on how to eat to cover the carbs expelled through exercise. 

2 years ago  ::  Nov 04, 2012 - 1:24PM #1
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Hello everyone, I stumbled upon this site by looking for info to keep my sugar from dropping while i exercise...can anyone help me.  It is usually around 80-90 when i wake up, and after i eat 2hrs later it is around 95.  Problem is, my sugar should be 100 or more before i exercise and i cant get my number up there it drops pretty quick after i have eaten.  my a1c is 5.8 and  i take 500 mg er of metformin 4pills a day 2 in the morning and 2 at bedtime. i'm a nervous wreck...i think i'm going to pass out on the elliptical machine.  so after a 1/2 hr i check my bs and on more than 1 occasion it was i eat some glucose tabs and continue to exercise..this is driving me nuts.  Please help...i greatly appreciate it.
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