How hard do you go to see the effects of exercise?

PaigeRCD
By PaigeRCD Latest Reply 2013-01-04 22:12:18 -0600
Started 2012-12-19 16:41:23 -0600

Hey all, so I noticed that once I started working out daily, my insulin dose was decreasing. Big surprise there, I know. I eventually managed to cut it down to about a third of what I used to "shoot up" before I had a set exercise routine. I've also seen that after three days of not working out, or doing really low intensity work outs, my blood sugar numbers skyrocket and I have to basically double my insulin. After a week or two of regular exercise i can bounce back to where i was before. I was wondering if you lovely people had similar experiences and how long you have to do, say moderate to high intensity cardio, to experience the benefits (such as increased insulin sensitivity) of exercise. I make myself do at least 45min, but sometimes it's a real struggle (when you're out of town, sick, etc)! I'm hoping to be able to get away with doing less :) any thoughts? Just curious to see if it affects others in the same dramatic way. Hmm. I also wonder if it affects type 1 and type 2 diabetics differently


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IronOre
IronOre 2013-01-04 22:12:18 -0600 Report

I have differnt insulin dosages when I work-out compared to when i don't.
Ask your doctor what he reccomends.

I_will_fight_it
I_will_fight_it 2013-01-04 22:08:59 -0600 Report

I do exercise 3 times a week for 1.5 hour each class, what I noticed that my BS go down to 90-95, and I eat a meal before my class(usually about an hour before) without fast acting insulin. I can have a snack after the class and sugars still dont go up more then to 100-110. There is no effect on my BS when I do not exsercise in turms of sugars going up (or at least I thought there isn't) they just dont go down to 90s during the day, so I dont really know what to suggest. Maybe you need to do less excercise but more often. I think it also depends on how active your exsercises are.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-12-22 06:52:27 -0600 Report

It's funny you bring this up in the last four months I've decreased my insulin 8 units :-) just from working out 5 days a week for 40 minutes , love cardio! I have noticed that I do have to watch myself during the day though and where the long lasting insulin used to cover I do need my fast acting insulin more so. I feel great and have lost 4 pounds! You're right though it has to be tracked, as your body builds muscle and has less fat you need less insulin. I know a young girl who is a T 1 and competes in the women's fitness programs constantly works put and has probably no fat so does not need long lasting insulin only covers her meals with fast acting insulin and eats everything in site. I don't think this is okay, for me any way, but when she stops competing she will need her insulin, my thoughts anyway! Good luck!

PaigeRCD
PaigeRCD 2012-12-24 08:31:03 -0600 Report

Great to hear all of your thoughts, success, and different exercise routines (many of which I think I'm going to try!). I can't imagine being at a place where id only need fast acting insulin, but isn't that the dream? Good for her. And good for all of us who have taken the initiative to be healthy! Happy holidays to everyone!

Nana_anna
Nana_anna 2012-12-20 14:17:12 -0600 Report

Awe! One of my favorite topics! I also work out now about 4 to 5 days a week. I do insanity high intense cardio, Tae Bo, low impact aerobics, so forth, even walking 45 minutes a day. I take my insulin in the morning, usually. Other wise I will take it around 5 or 6 p.m. When I take it in the morning, and my blood level is high in the 200s, now…I usually take it around 8:30 or 9:a.m. I don't work, so its easy for me to stay in the time frame. I try to exercise by 10a.m. That is if I don't have a drop before then. I try to do my exercises before the drop comes. Other wise I feel so bad, for a while when it does happen. Than I cannot exercise until later that day or I have to skip it, depending on how bad the drop was. One day I went down to 58, without realizing it. I just happened to check. I felt know warning, I was fine. That was to low, I couldn't imagine what would have happened if I exercised and my blood sugar was that low. Can be very scarey sometimes.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-12-22 06:45:28 -0600 Report

I love a TaeBo girlfriend, lol taebo is my favorite workout have many DVDs and old VHS tapes. My doc says to always check before a workout to make sure you're not too low if you are you can have a snack with carbs my favorite half an apple with peanut butter!

locarb
locarb 2012-12-20 00:13:09 -0600 Report

Interesting points. I haven't tracked this as closely as you; however, I do know for certain that my BG decreases significantly after only 15 minutes, or so, or cardio. I also do yoga for an hour twice a week. That has a significant effect on BG.

It's difficult to maintain an exercise schedule. I understand that it's best to exercise every day. If that is not possible, any amount and frequency is beneficial. I try to do something 4 days a week.

Nana_anna
Nana_anna 2012-12-20 14:21:10 -0600 Report

Its good to exercise everyday. But you can rest in between days. 3 to 4 times a week is good. I know my body can only handle so much. So I stay with the 3 and if I can, then I do four, but no more than that. I never exercise on Sundays. That is my day for church times, and my resting day.

PaigeRCD
PaigeRCD 2012-12-20 12:17:09 -0600 Report

I've really been meaning to do yoga. I'm one of those persons who doesn't like to do things that I really should though. It's because I'm so inflexible and weak that I don't want to do yoga lol, even though I'm positive it'd absolutely help with that! I think I need to invest in a private class or something. What type of yoga do you do? Any recommendations for beginners?

Nana_anna
Nana_anna 2012-12-20 14:23:23 -0600 Report

I have watched people on You Tube, doing Yogo! I am like, bless them! Lol, I couldn't do have of those moves. Not with my back and my left foot problem. I love to watch it though. Wish I could do it, looks relaxing.

PaigeRCD
PaigeRCD 2012-12-24 08:25:19 -0600 Report

They do look pretty amazing! I'm in my early 20s and, thankfully, don't have really any problems besides a few allergies and the whole diabetes thing :) so I think my New Years resolution will be to stop making excuses and try things that I want to do! Like yoga.

draco59
draco59 2012-12-19 21:59:55 -0600 Report

Hi,
As you build muscle and lose fat, the sugar that dumps into your system decreases, so the less insulin you need… But when you stop, it reverses and it faster than the other way, that's why it takes 2 weeks to use less insulin.
I used to work out 5 days a week, for 3 or 4 yrs. When I started seeing an Endocrinology, he change my meds, I'm type 2 for over 6 yrs. I started to lose weight and my sugars stabilized. But I haven't b been to the gym n over 2 yrs, my exercise is taking care of our 2 horses… also if I cheat alittle, it has less effect on my sugar. Just try different things that fit into your schedule…
Just keep a positive attitude… I also try to take a walk around the office at least once an hour,I'm a desk jockey… we also use supplements and different herbs…
Good Luck and take care… :)
Brian

PaigeRCD
PaigeRCD 2012-12-20 12:24:54 -0600 Report

Don't you hate that? It's always much more difficult to make a positive change than a negative one! But such is life. My parents actually moved to a farm while I was in middle school, so I can appreciate the hard work involved in taking care of animals. Ah, but they become family, those little buggers, don't they? :)

draco59
draco59 2012-12-20 12:44:01 -0600 Report

Yes I do… lol
Went we rescued Abby little over 2 yrs ago, she had a 4 month old and she weighted about 750 lbs, today she is a chubby happy girl od 20… and our other one Buddy, we bought last yr so I could also ride… Their both paints he's 14 and bigger than Abby. We just wish we didn't live in town… but it gets my butt moving and I perfer it to the gym, even in the winter…
Have a safe and wonderful day… :)
Brian

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