Moe Moe
By Moe Moe Latest Reply 2009-06-10 07:55:20 -0500
Started 2009-06-09 15:21:37 -0500

3 months ago I was diagnosed with type II diabetes. I have started to run every other day, nothing major, just 2 to 3 miles. I would like some advice on what and how I should eat before and after my run.

6 replies

Pluckinfool 2009-06-09 21:57:00 -0500 Report

It doesn't matter as long as what you're eating doesn't make running upset your stomach, and your blood sugar doesn't drop too low during or after your run. Could I suggest walking a mile or two on the days when you don't run? You'd get still more benefit.

GabbyPA 2009-06-09 21:43:10 -0500 Report

I just had a class done by a Cardio specialist who is a registered diabetes instructor as well and what she suggested was to test prior to your work out. If you have been working out, you should be aware of about how much you will drop in your typical workout. Always make sure you are high enough BEFORE you work out so you don't drop too low. So she suggest exercising after a meal to avoid drops. I would not load up on carbs unless you are having lows. Eat a regular meal and take something with you in-case you feel one coming on. As KD said, as your workout increases, you might have to add some carbs, but you might also want to add some slower acting glucose like a protein or fat. Those last longer in your system.

She also suggested that you let someone know what you are doing, your path, and when you will be back, so if you don't show up, someone can start looking for you. And of course, taking a friend is always the safest.

Then as said, test after, and then a few hours later so you can see how your body is using your glucose. What I learned is that when you exercise, your cells don't require insulin to get the glucose in, so your receptors can be functioning for up to 16 hours after. Keep an eye on things and learn how your body is responding. How you are feeling when you are at certain levels. Listen to your body, but keep your meter handy. (sometimes our bodies lie to us. LOL)

kdroberts 2009-06-09 20:09:28 -0500 Report

Have a read of the Diabetic Athlete, you may find it useful. If you build up to longer runs then you will want to figure out a carb load to eat before you run to stop your blood sugar going too high or too low. You may find you need a lot of carb to keep your blood sugar stable.

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-06-09 19:16:49 -0500 Report

Besides knowing your glucose before you begin running, and afterward, be aware that several hours afterward your exercise your blood glucose might be low, too, so meaure then. What is your current A1c and what are your normal glucose levels? It's hard to suggest what exactly you should eat because I (a formally trained nutritionist with 10 years of Type 2) need more info.

Anonymous 2009-06-09 19:07:03 -0500 Report

sorry i cant help i walk 2 hrs a day . iknow you shoul check your sugars befor you start and mid way if they are low have something . i use ually take a drink or half slice of bread with peanutbutter on it. and an apple juice. if i need theses i will stop and have it. good luck hope someone can help.

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