Sport and my diabetes

Rachel Swallow
By Rachel Swallow Latest Reply 2014-04-29 01:56:59 -0500
Started 2014-04-26 16:04:14 -0500

Im a hockey player , i have practice every day for about an hour and a half . Most of the time its quite hard , so i usually start with a blood sugar of 14mmol. I hate going low , its my worst fear ! lately I've realized that my sugar level has actually been increasing after practice by at least 3mmol ! that means I'm usually like 17mmol when i get home for supper !! do you think its okay to start a strenuous sports practice with a sugar of around 7mmols ? i don't want to go low , but i also don't want to have that high sugar to deal with ? Any suggestions of what i should do ?

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Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-04-29 01:56:59 -0500 Report

jayabee52 (James) Is awesome and has as always given great advice. The only thing I might add is you should share what is going on with your doctor. They need to know about any problems and give you advice also, your doctor needs to know so they can adjust your medication and/or your medication schedule if needed.

jayabee52 2014-04-26 22:28:42 -0500 Report

Howdy Rachael

Since most of us here on DC measure our Blood Glucose (BG) levels in mg/dl, and you in mmol/l could be a little difficult to communicate numbers. I have found a converter tool which would ease the difficulty ~ (may I suggest bookmarking this converter tool for ready access when you logon here.

so your 14 mmol/l = 252 mg/dl. To me that seems quite high. In fact this is what The Mayo clinic says about exercising and high BG numbers:

" •250 mg/dL (13.9 mmol/L) or higher. This is a caution zone. Before exercising, test your urine for ketones — substances made when your body breaks down fat for energy. Excess ketones indicate that your body doesn't have enough insulin to control your blood sugar. If you exercise when you have a high level of ketones, you risk ketoacidosis — a serious complication of diabetes that needs immediate treatment. Instead, wait to exercise until your test kit indicates absence or a low level of ketones in your urine".

" •300 mg/dL (16.7 mmol/L) or higher. Your blood sugar may be too high to exercise safely, as these high glucose levels may increase your risk of dehydration and ketoacidosis. Postpone your workout until your blood sugar drops to a safe pre-exercise range." source ~

So according to the Mayo clinic article again " • 100 to 250 mg/dL (5.6 to 13.9 mmol/L). You're good to go. For most people, this is a safe pre-exercise blood sugar range."

I pray that this helps you.

James Baker

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