By 2sweet2eat Latest Reply 2012-03-01 15:02:49 -0600
Started 2012-02-28 19:22:52 -0600

Hello everyone,
I am looking for any information or tips from cyclist who are diabetics.I ride my bike 3x weekly and looking for nourishment tips for long rides.
I have been off the DC but I am back.Thanks for all your help

8 replies

pixsidust 2012-02-29 11:58:05 -0600 Report

I am no cyclist but you should have a combo or protein/carbs
maybe a shake to take with you, a protein bar of some type so if you have a low on the road you are prepared!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-03-01 14:59:47 -0600 Report

Hey, I was gonna say that:) You could add peanutbutter and crackers or cheese since they sell them in small seperate pkgs now. Talking about the cheese. You can get a little pack to wear to store these in to have with you at all times when on the bike. Also, put some of the gel glucose in there just in case.

jayabee52 2012-03-01 15:02:49 -0600 Report

They have saddle bags or handlebar bags where those items could be stored, at least they did when I was actively cycling over 40 yrs ago.

pixsidust 2012-02-29 12:31:00 -0600 Report

I found this online

Step 1
Consult your doctor or diabetes educator before starting a cycling routine. You might need altered or added medications or dosages, especially if you have not exercised regularly before.

Step 2
Have medications, snacks and your glucose meter with you at all times, whether you are using a standard bicycle or a stationary bike. You will need to monitor your glucose levels before, during and after cycling, and adjust your glucose levels accordingly.

Step 3
Measure your blood glucose before cycling. If glucose levels are too low or too high, put off exercising until the numbers are better. These numbers will depend on several factors best discussed with your doctor or diabetes educator. For most people, cycling is safe if your blood glucose levels are between 100 and 250 mg/dl 30 minutes before and just prior to beginning. If your glucose levels are between 250 and 300, test the ketone levels in your urine. If they are too high, wait to cycle until after they have reached appropriate levels.

Step 4
Eat a snack if needed. Diabetes author Carol Guber recommends eating a carbohydrate serving with a protein serving before exercising if glucose levels are below your recommended range. For some people, glucose levels drop too low, too quickly during or after exercise. If this happens, you might feel confused or shaky. Keep a carbohydrate serving at hand, such as 4 oz. of fruit juice or five hard candies to bring your glucose levels into a safer range.

Step 5
Begin exercising in small steps. Because glucose levels act unpredictably for some people during or after exercise, it is important not to dive in too quickly. If your activity level is low to begin with, try cycling slowly for 10 minutes for the first week and gradually increase the duration, distance and speed over time.

Step 6
Monitor your glucose levels immediately, as well as hours after cycling. For some people, exercises such as cycling might cause glucose levels to drop dramatically and unexpectedly many hours afterward. Keeping a record of when and how long you cycle and what foods and medications you consume before, during and afterward can help you predict how cycling will affect you at any given time.

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