Do you check your blood sugar levels before exercising?

By Nana_anna Latest Reply 2013-04-25 01:02:59 -0500
Started 2013-04-18 14:39:29 -0500

I just started doing this on a regular basis. Checking my blood sugar before I exercise. It does not do any good to exercise when my blood sugar is to high, or to low. I watch it closely. I don't want to be exercising whem my sugar is below 100. I don't exercise when its in the mid 200s. For one I can pass out, and it just doesn't flow right, when its to high. My range for exercising is between, 120 to 180. Thoughs are good numbers to exercise. If you take insuline before exercise make you you eat, because it could drop during exercise. Here is a web page, with these details;

9 replies

shortysmalls 2013-04-25 01:02:59 -0500 Report

I know that should ck blood sugar levels before exercise but I don't. I really don't know why but know if I do eat alittle too much, I wait for bout 30 minutes then exercise. but it is a good idea to check.

JiMMy DCC 2013-04-19 11:17:30 -0500 Report

I always check before my runs to how much to suspend insulin on my pump. It's weird as well because sometimes on my runs I go up as much as 80. Other times I'll drop as much as 50. I have the Dexcom G4 that I check every 15 to 20 minutes to check how I'm trending. And I keep some Sports Beans (Electrolyte jelly beans) with me in case I'm dropping fast.

Then I check 1 hour, 2 hour and 4 hours after my runs. I can be 158 after a run. And in 4 hours, even if I ate some carbs after, drop into the 50's.

So for me on workout days I might check as many as 8 - 10 time for the day.

Nana_anna 2013-04-19 13:29:42 -0500 Report

That's good, I am glad that I started checking. I was wondering where you get your jelly beans from??

JiMMy DCC 2013-04-19 13:35:13 -0500 Report

I get mine from a running store. I think Dick's Sporting Goods or REI might have them as well. They fast great and my daughter who dances begs for them all the time.

sNerTs1 2013-04-19 07:33:42 -0500 Report

What a good question!! I always check before, but rarely after anymore as I can read my body very well (luckily). I have gotten accustomed to exercising especially if my sugars are high, but high for me is the 180s range. Rarely will I see 200s, so I didn't know that I could pass out … Thank YOU for teaching me that. I will not take a shower right after exercising either, as it drops my sugars so much that I suffer the lows symptoms. I will have a snack, then take care of that. Have you experienced that too?

Nana_anna 2013-04-19 13:32:40 -0500 Report

Thanks! I am glad I brought it up! I was just thinking about it, and wondered if anyone else did the same. I usually take a shower right away after exercising, but if I take my insulin before, than I wait about 30 minutes, or until I recover from the low. My sugar has reached really high, but is doing well these days.

95ncountin 2013-04-18 16:08:20 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for that information. I check before I exercise. I do it for exactly the same reasons you do. I am still trying to work out what type of drink to use during exercise. I work out very hard. I have been cautioned to use a steady source of glucose during my exercise to prevent unexpected lows. Regular Gatorade made my sugar spike. I want to try the low-calorie Gatorade next. What do you use? What is your experience?

Nana_anna 2013-04-19 13:34:12 -0500 Report

Thanks for asking, I just use, cold (very cold) iced water, I do Tae Bo workouts, and drinking water also helps the muscles.

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