Type 1- First Time Hiking :)

By BrittTypo1 Latest Reply 2018-03-19 22:25:24 -0500
Started 2018-03-11 17:06:54 -0500

Hi everyone!

So my question is I will be hiking this upcoming weekend, on Saturday. It will be at least for 4-6 hours of walking, and walking uphill as well. I am newly diagnosed and I take Lantus one time in the morning, first thing in the morning, which lasts me the entire day. Then I take Humalog short acting insulin right before each meals, 3 x's a day. So do I need to be doing any extra food while exercising/hiking more than I usually do in my day? Any tips or signs to look out for?

Thanks so much! :)


5 replies

MoeGig 2018-03-19 22:25:24 -0500 Report

Take a small bottle of coke and put it in your fanny pack. Going skiing Wednesday and I will do exactly that; which, works best (instantly) when you need it at the top of the mountain; otherwise, you snowplow your way to the bottom if you make it that far without having to hail the ski patrol to take you down in a toboggan. (Been there, done that). And you'll be fine. Have a great day,

Type1Lou 2018-03-14 07:04:41 -0500 Report

I strongly suggest that you get Gary Scheiner's book "Think Like a Pancreas". He is an exercise physiologist and his book is a guide to treating our diabetes with insulin and discusses adjustments to be made for exercise, depending upon the type of exercise and the duration. If you are exerting yourself more than usual, you will likely need less insulin or more food to prevent going too low. I know that when I exercise, I take less insulin because I don't want to have to eat more. Since we are all different, there is no one right solution for everyone. Please be sure you have some fast-acting carbohydrates (glucose gel or tabs, raisins, regular hard candies etc.) with you in the event you do experience a low BG on your hike. Anything with fat in it (like snickers bars) would slow the absorbtion of the sugar into your body and take longer to raise your BG.

msann 2018-03-13 10:19:02 -0500 Report

hello take extra with you every body body is difference and you get to get use to hiking

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