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1633 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 2, 2011 6:36 PM by Gravity06
TomSawyer Rookie 2 posts since
Feb 2, 2011
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Feb 2, 2011 5:49 PM

Running and diabetes

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.

  • Gravity06 Pro 102 posts since
    Feb 5, 2010
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    1. Feb 2, 2011 6:07 PM (in response to TomSawyer)
    Re: Running and diabetes

    Welcome, Tom!

     

     

    I am a Type 2 diabetic.

     

     

    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 ).





    ~Liz~

    Started Walking March 2009

    ================

    2010 Gasparilla 5K Fun Walk (1:17:09)

    2010 AFLAC Iron Girl Clearwater 5K Run/Walk, (1:14:10)

    2010 Miles For Hope 5K -- Clearwater (1:22:14) (Oh, that bridge!)

    2011 Gasparilla 5+3K, (2:03:18)

    2012 Gasparilla 5K Fun Walk, 3/3/12


  • Gravity06 Pro 102 posts since
    Feb 5, 2010
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    3. Feb 2, 2011 6:36 PM (in response to TomSawyer)
    Re: Running and diabetes

    Gu is an energy gel (it'll keep you fueled on long runs):

     

     

    http://guenergy.com/products/gu-energy-gel

     

     

     

    I take cinnamon supplements (they lower blood sugar).  They also contain antioxidants which repair damaged cells (as a result, I don't have any problems with my feet).

     

     

     

    I also take Vitamin C and Vitamin B-6 supplements.





    ~Liz~

    Started Walking March 2009

    ================

    2010 Gasparilla 5K Fun Walk (1:17:09)

    2010 AFLAC Iron Girl Clearwater 5K Run/Walk, (1:14:10)

    2010 Miles For Hope 5K -- Clearwater (1:22:14) (Oh, that bridge!)

    2011 Gasparilla 5+3K, (2:03:18)

    2012 Gasparilla 5K Fun Walk, 3/3/12


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