Question for diabetics

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    Mar 16, 2010 4:09 AM GMT
    I have a question for the insulin dependent diabetics in the crowd. Lately I've been doing a lot more cardio than I've been doing, and in such, experiencing hypoglycemia more often (usually once a twice a week, but not severe; lately, around 3-4 and going as low as 45 mg/dl). I've been taking my insulin down on a temporary basal rate to 0.0 U/H starting 45 mins before, and lasting 30 min past the planned cardio duration, while bolusing a quarter of the insulin I'd be getting on my normal basal and taking in about 50 carbs.

    My question for you guys is what do you do for a quick recovery during a sudden hypo onset? I've been using the glucose gels, but wondering what everyone else is doing.
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    Mar 16, 2010 5:35 AM GMT
    I use both glucose gel and tablets. My boyfriend insists on keeping a lot of it in the house ever since I had a terrible reaction and passed out and he had to call and have paramedics come to bring me out of it. Soon after that I had another reaction on my way home from work and became lost and disoriented and parked my car and sat on the curb until someone called the police and they came to my rescue. That was during a period of time a couple of years when I was having reactions frequently and we thought about getting an emergency glucagon shot to keep in the house. After a few weeks the incidents became less frequent and less severe. Never found a reason why they were happening as I hadn't really changed anything in my routine.
    Hopefully you are wearing a medical alert bracelet or tags.
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    Mar 16, 2010 5:44 AM GMT
    I use an insulin pump and I always take it off before my workouts as I go low sometimes and if/when I do go low I always have a gatorade, that seems to work best for me in the event of a hypo.
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    Mar 16, 2010 6:13 AM GMT
    Are you on an insulin pump right now or just injections?

    If I'm doing regular cardio, I find I have to turn my regular pump rate WAY down overall or my blood sugar drops all over the place. I'll normally turn the basal rate to the lowest setting (0.05 units an hour) for workouts.

    Last time I did HIIT regularly, I forgot to adjust my pump rate and ended up having a pair of seizures within 36 hours of each other. Hadn't had any for about three years up until then (oops!)
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    Mar 16, 2010 11:10 AM GMT
    flex89 saidAre you on an insulin pump right now or just injections?


    I'm using an insulin pump. I've been doing the reduced basal rates starting a good deal before the peak period of the insulin, and lasting til around an hour after my workout, just to avoid an insulin peak and the natural decrease in blood glucose.

    Has anyone tried using the MiniMed glucose sensor? I've used mine with mixed results; sometimes its tracking is dead on, other times its horribly delayed.
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    Mar 16, 2010 1:22 PM GMT

    The glucose gel is the quickest because normal sugars are always two sugar molecules attached to each other. Table sugar is predominately glucose + fructose or in some types of cane sugar glucose + glucose.

    The gels are glucose monodisaccharides, where the above are didisaccharides. While the latter work, there is a very short time lag..

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    Mar 16, 2010 4:09 PM GMT
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