Working out and diabetes

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    Feb 10, 2010 8:29 PM GMT
    I just had a few questions for those who are diabetic and work out. My family has a history of diabetes and I have shown signs of becoming diabetic. I have managed so far to keep my blood sugar levels manageable between 86 and 103 by working out regularly. The only thing I have been told as far as working out goes is to never work out when my sugar levels are high.

    Do any of you have any other pointers or tidbits i should know about such as supplements to avoid. Should I be doing more cardio than weight lifting etc etc...
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    Feb 10, 2010 11:07 PM GMT
    The first thing you need to do is consult your doctor. Since you didn't specify what type of diabetes you have I will assume it is Type One - insulin dependent - in which case if before you exercise your blood glucose level is below 80 -100 you need to consume carbohydrates. If it is over 250 you need to delay exercising until you can get it down under 250. You were correct in your information about working out when the levels are too high. You would also need to consume additional carbohydrates in recovery from your exercising to replace glycogen stores and to provide enough to maintain blood glucose levels.
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    Feb 10, 2010 11:12 PM GMT
    Ive consulted my VA hospital doc on this and he has told me 3 times even though I have had sugar levels as hish as 190-(210 being the highest) that I am not diabetic. I am assuming he came to this conclusion based on the A1C(not sure if thats what you call it) reading which i believe is based off of a 6 month average.

    Even though he says I am not diabetic I have bought a glucose meter and I monitor it on a regular basis due to my family history and the few times it has been really high. I have found that when I keep on a steady workout its always around mid 80's to low 100's. There have been times when i havent worked out for a week or so and I have noticed in my logs that it would creep up.

    Thank you for the info magic.
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    Feb 10, 2010 11:25 PM GMT
    sspb saidI just had a few questions for those who are diabetic and work out. My family has a history of diabetes and I have shown signs of becoming diabetic. I have managed so far to keep my blood sugar levels manageable between 86 and 103 by working out regularly. The only thing I have been told as far as working out goes is to never work out when my sugar levels are high.

    Do any of you have any other pointers or tidbits i should know about such as supplements to avoid. Should I be doing more cardio than weight lifting etc etc...


    You'll want to study up on diabetes via your own accord. The American Diabetes Association is good place to start at:

    http://www.diabetes.org/

    Understand, there are two forms of diabetes.

    Type 1 is an auto-immune disease that typically strikes during adolescence. Sometimes it's later, but, more often, in the teens. The body does not have endogenous insulin and insulin is required to sustain life.

    Type 2 diabetes is a disease of obesity, and poor nutrition, which is 100% preventable through diet and exercise. With as little as two HIIT sessions a week, along with proper diet, Type 2 can be avoided. In type 2 diabetes, the body's receptors become insensitive to insulin via bad diet (mostly, too much sucrose), and obesity.

    No one should have type 2 diabetes. It's 100% preventable.

    Since President Obama has taken office, stem cell research has been resumed, and there is very promising research for type 1 diabetics. Beta cells are being produced in sheep and mice, and humans will be soon.

    Remember: Type 2 diabetes is preventable through proper behavior. No person should have type 2 diabetes.
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    Feb 10, 2010 11:29 PM GMT
    If you have high resting glucose, it can indicate your liver is dumping, or, that you are becoming insulin intolerant through improper diet, and lack of exercise. Fasting glucose tests sometimes can be false indicators if your liver is dumping. High resting glucose can also indicate you are eating too many sweets, or some other disease. You'll want to see a qualified medical professional.

    Remember, though, you can avoid type 2 diabetes through as little as two high intensity sessions of exercise per week. It's not a disease that you have to have.

    Given what you said in your post regarding your ongoing monitoring, you may have experienced a false positive test. (Your liver was likely dumping during the test.) Even in non-diabetics folks, blood sugar can hit 200, or more. You're right, the HBA1C is a pretty good indicator.

    Walmart has made inroads at breaking the grip of Big Pharm on diabetics. You can get a HBA1C test at Walmart for $9.50 on the bottom shelf of the diabetic supplies section.
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    Feb 11, 2010 4:09 AM GMT
    thanks chucky