Lifestyle and exercise

By IrinaIoana Latest Reply 2014-09-08 10:48:44 -0500
Started 2014-09-07 17:54:36 -0500

Since I started my insulin medication a month ago, I did exactly what the doctor told me to: eat a certain amount of carbs, inject a certain amount of insulin units and write down the result of each glucosis check. Everything went pretty good and now almost all the values are between 70 and 110.
I have 40 carbs for breakfast, 100 for lunch, 90 for dinner and 10 at 10 p.m.
One of the things that kind of scares me is that this month I gained 7 kg. At first, I thought it was a good thing as I started from 38, so I was pretty skinny. Now I am not sure about that anymore. It certainly is fine now, but I know the gaining kg thing may not stop at the ideal weight.
I also tried exercising a couple times by riding my bike for like 20km in an hour. As the doctors told me to, I checked my glucosis level, which was in the 70's and then had 10 carbs before beginning. After exercising I just sat and read a book for 30 minutes. Then I checked my glucosis level again as I was going to have dinner and the result was something like 130. Wasn't exercise supposed to enlower my glucosis level?
I would also like to know if there is any chance I can substitute some units of insulin before meal with some exercise? It may sound dumb, but I am looking for alternatives.

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GabbyPA 2014-09-08 10:48:44 -0500 Report

Here is how insulin works as far as weight gain. It gets your body working the way it's supposed to, putting the sugar in your blood into your cells. If it doesn't get used in your cells, it turns to that lovely thing we call stored energy or fat. It's a bummer and does kind of ease off after a while, but if you're not careful the creep will continue.

Here is how exercise works. It also pulls the sugar out of our blood and puts it into our cells. Since you are using it, it most likely will not turn into fat. The neat thing about exercise is that your body keeps using that process after you are done exercising. That is one reason we tend to drop after exercising. However, if you started low (below 100) when you went out to exercise, your body might have had to give you some extra to keep you from going low.

Our bodies are very efficient when given the right tools. Since you are new with insulin, I would not substitute exercise for it, but continue to do what you are doing with tracking your body and seeing what it does. Adding exercise will help curb the weight gain. Get with your doctor and discuss maybe a reduction in your dose.

It really sounds like you are doing great. Maybe change your exercise time to after your larger carb intake to help with both issues.