Hello everyone I have a question about eating and running being a diabetic. I've been running for about 11 years now and it has helped me stay off my medication the last couple of years but still not sure that I'm eating correctly. I'm running 20 to 25 miles a week, sometimes more and still overweight. My wife thinks I eat too many carbs but I find if I don't my glucose drops too low while running. I've tryed more fruit but this spikes it. I usually have cereal bar with yogurt and an apple or banana for breakfast. Most days oatmeal for lunch. At supper I admit I probably eat too big of portions but after my run I'm pretty hungry. Night snack is a sugar free pudding and another cereal bar or graham crackers with peanutbutter and glass of milk. Is my diet the problem and if so how do I keep from dropping on my runs. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
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I'm assuming you are a type 2 diabetic as you are trying to avoid medication. Personally, I'm a type 1, but I would think the solution would be similar. For me, I have to eat (approx. 15-25 carbs) about every 20-30 mintures during a run. The first 20 minutes don't require any carbs for me since my muscles provide all the energy I need, but once those 20 minutes are up my blood sugars will drop very quickly without added carbs. I like to bring along some sort of gu shot since they are small, but you could get your carbs from any source (gatorade, fig newtons, gu shots, candy bar, etc.). The key is to keep supplementing while you run. If you find that your blood sugar drops within the first 20 minutes, you could always eat a little carbs when heading out the door.
It is a trail and error type of deal-e-o that is unique to each of us. Just don't give up.
Thanks brrit2000 for your reply. I have tryed the gu but my stomach didn't care for this at all. I have used G2 with good results but hate carrying anything when I run. I know a lot of people do but I just can't get comfortable with it. I have carried cereal bars with me and this seems to work ok. The thing is I never know how often to eat carbs till I already feel slugish then I'm not at my best. I have already stopped and checked it during longer races with the help of my wife who was kind enough to follow me with my meter at stops along the way. I'm not a fast runner but like to do as well as possible and this really kills my time. I will try your suggestion of every 20 mins and see how this works. I really appreciate your reply. Ill let you know how it works out. Thanks again.
My husband is type 2 and has had to learn how to deal with it when doing long hikes and backpacking trips. It's somewhat different from running, but I think the experience should transfer. He has found that eating more protein keeps his energy levels more stable. He eats a lot of cheese when hiking and more meat than he did when he started hiking. You might try peanut butter or nut bars while running (my husband doesn't eat nuts). He used to wake up in the middle of the night, absolutely ravenous. (Not good when you'e in bear country and the food is hung in a tree.) That stopped when we started eating the extra protein.
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