Okay, so here I am 50 years old and diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last spring. I'm 6' and 210 pounds, which means I need to lose a few pounds, but otherwise I'm in reasonably good shape. I want to take up running, but don't know how that will work with diabetes. My blood sugar is under good control, and actually tends to be in the 90 to 110 range now. Which is why I wonder how running will affect my blood sugar. Any suggestions, hints, tips from anyone would be really appreciated.
Are you on medication? (Metformin, etc.) As you run, your body uses sugar (carbs) as fuel to build muscle and keep you going. Medication can interfere with your body's ability to process carbs, thereby spiking your blood sugar (it happened to me).
All I can say is keep plenty of Gu energy gel for long runs (make sure it contains electrolytes, specifically sodium and potassium). Also, you might to take along some sugar tablets to ward off hypoglycemia (been there, done that ).
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