Exercise tips for Type 1 with an insulin pump

By Type1Lou Latest Reply 2015-02-25 15:05:42 -0600
Started 2015-02-17 16:03:14 -0600

I read this article on Medtronic's Loop blog and found it contained good information about exercising with an insulin pump.


I've found that when I go for my brisk 50 minute walks, I have to reduce my basal insulin level (via my pump's temporary basal feature) to 0% for the duration of the walk, otherwise, I'll go hypo at the tail-end of the walk. When working out on weight resistance machines combined with 30 minutes on eliptical or treadmill, I only needed to reduce my basal by 50%…probably because the weight training causes a rise in my BG. One thing the article noted is that "No one size" approach fits us all.

9 replies

grantville 2015-02-23 22:48:28 -0600 Report

The insulin pump is key to controlling type 1. That is you what takes to control it.

Type1Lou 2015-02-24 08:03:13 -0600 Report

My pump certainly makes it easier to control my diabetes but for me, the key element has been reducing my daily carbohydrate intake. If I ate as many carbs as I desired, I would need more insulin (either via injection or pump), and would no doubt gain weight which would reduce my insulin sensitivity and increase my A1c. I do agree that pumping makes it easier to fine-tune insulin delivery to a degree that is not possible with injections. This fine-tuning does lead to better overall BG's with fewer hypo episodes for me.

grantville 2015-02-24 12:41:36 -0600 Report

Whenever I exercise I eat a snack like a dole fruit cup with 100% juice. Its good for you and it helps the low sugars from occurring.