Kickboxing and BS

By nickdav Latest Reply 2014-08-25 09:27:40 -0500
Started 2014-08-22 13:05:17 -0500

I was wandering if someone can explain why BS readings r higher after a tough work out. I have sore muscles, would that affect levels because muscles r getting used to higher level of activity. Also what r some if the items do u do before and after a work out for eating wise. It used to be a banana or Gatorade years ago.

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9 replies

Type1Lou 2014-08-25 08:58:37 -0500 Report

I've experienced the same perplexing high BGs. In June, I joined a health club and began a 1.5 hour routine that combines both aerobic and weight resistance training at least twice a week. In my aerobic workout, I sometimes get to the "intense" level as indicated by my pulse rate. I'm still fiddling with my pump's basal rate during exercise to try and keep my BG's from going either too high or too low. Overall, I'm feeling better and the benefits of the workouts continue long after it is over.

GabbyPA 2014-08-25 06:35:51 -0500 Report

Our bodies can be very efficient and maybe your liver is giving you the extra energy to get through your workout, specially if its very intense. I used to have that issue when I exercised in the morning. I found that exercising in the evening my levels would go down instead of up. Does it do the same no matter the time you work out?

Also, you don't want to exercise if you are starting below 100. Maybe a little carb before you start will help? I know it sounds counter intuitive, but you never know until you give it a try. I would eat something that has a protein and carb mix.

nickdav 2014-08-22 19:01:10 -0500 Report

Or mental. Stress can weigh u physically sometimes where it's not taken care of. Olsers, stomach pains, back aches headaches if not looked into as we'll.

nickdav 2014-08-22 15:55:12 -0500 Report

Nope no stress. Just hardcore start of excerise

jayabee52 2014-08-22 17:38:45 -0500 Report

Nick, I am curious as to your definition of stress?

Please define what stress means to you.

nickdav 2014-08-22 18:59:25 -0500 Report

We'll since I didn't define it in the post. Stress is mental, like if u have a bad day or if a person worries a lot about something. Personal and family stress, work stress that a person always carries on there shoulder. Similar to lifting weights, but stress weights u can't physically see. For example my days when I'm not doing kickboxing my levels for fasting are under 89-100. The 3 days this week for example fasting brought numbers around 120ish range. That's why I was wandering if exercise in certain areas like kickboxing can raise levels like it is doing for me. Goal is to get a1c below 6 by end of year. Was diagnosed 1.5 months ago at 8.9. Saw dr early in week and hand him run another test 1.5 months in diagnosis. Happily reporting going down to 7.2 in the short amount of time. Still some ways towards the short goal, then the long goal to maintain.

jayabee52 2014-08-23 00:07:35 -0500 Report

That is correct Nick, but it is not a complete definition. If you go back and reread the article I posted you will see that exercise above the 80% threshold is very strenuous. It may not stress the mind but it does stress the body.

From the article: "The adrenal gland releases the STRESS (emphais supplied) hormones adrenaline and noradrenaline into the blood, which then stimulate the liver to release glucose at a faster rate than normal" So I believe it is stress related, the stress which relates to your body.

IMHO, we really cannot practically divide up the human being and claim that this relates only to the body, and that to the mind. What affects the body affects the mind, and vice versa.

WTG getting your A1c down to 7.2. I suspect you'll get it down in the 6s soon.

jayabee52 2014-08-22 13:44:32 -0500 Report

Howdy Nickdav
This is only a guess, but could stress play a role in this? I know stress will raise one's BG (blood glucose) levels, whereas excercise generally lowers one's BG.

I found this in an article from Diabetes Health: "The fact that vigorous exercise tends to raise BG appears to be relatively unknown to many with T1DM. However, the effect has been confirmed in a number of studies. These studies have identified an exercise threshold that elicits this response. The threshold exercise intensity occurs at or above 80% of a person's maximum exercise capacity, which is also known as the VO2 max (maximum or peak volume of oxygen consumed in exhaustive exercise). The relevant question then becomes, what type of exercise is performed at this 80% level? The following guidelines can be used to estimate whether or not you are exercising at or above this intensity:" ~

I could continue quoting the article, and I recommend you read it, and it confirms my guess that stress has something to do with it.

As far as what to eat, it seems obvious to me that the banana and the Gatoraide is not the best due to the high carbohydrates contined in them and obviously one does not want to consume high carb containing items on top of the high BG created by the intense exercise.

Again I can only guess, but you want to consume something lower carb. One thing which comes to mind is whey protein shakes. Or something in general which contains protein since it helps to build muscles.

God's best to you

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