By 2sweet2eat Latest Reply 2010-02-14 08:10:12 -0600
Started 2010-01-23 09:50:27 -0600

Can anybody give me some input on pumps and exercise.What are the pros and cons.I ride a bike 40-60 miles weekly,I have started to jog and also walk on a treadmill.My glucose goes down in a hurry when I get going with my activity.I can not keep up with friends when we ride together,I have to stop and check my readings.I am tired of the the same ols excuse of checking.My friends are great about it but I am embarrased when I have to stop.Pluse it keeps me from experiencing a good workout and time with friends.Is a pump the way to go?
Help me out please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: weight loss

7 replies

Shark 2010-02-14 08:10:12 -0600 Report


You should ask you physician. Personally, I drop my basal by 50% about a half hour before exercise and keep it at that rate another half hour after I am done. It took me some time to get to this and checked my glucose several times throughout exercising (about an hour to an hour and a half a day). I worked with my physician so I maintained as much a steady glucose as possible.

Good luck.

ferk01 2010-01-23 12:08:15 -0600 Report

I just had this discussion with my doc and she advised me that 1/2 before I go out and exercise to lower my basal my 50% by creating a temp basal rate for 2 hours and it should keep you from plumetting. It has worked great for me. Actually this morning I did it before I went to walk on treadmill. My morning number was 138 and after workout it went to 152.

Harlen 2010-01-23 11:25:20 -0600 Report

I use the pump and I love it when I work out I have a setting on the pump that gives me a difrent levle of insulin when working out so I dont need to check it unles I feel down and I havent done that yet you realy got to know what your doing to get it right but when you do its gteat and not having to take shots all the time is good too.You can get a CGMS that checks you BS 24 7 and that can help too
Hope this has helped
Best wishes

go to the medtronic pump school and take the online class it will tell and help you a lot

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2010-01-23 12:04:30 -0600 Report


Do you have the CGMS? I wanted to get it, but my insurance didn't cover it. And, if I remember correctly, I think it was rather expensive…Someday, when my ship comes in, I would like to purchase it… Sue

packrat2 2010-01-23 10:31:16 -0600 Report

I know a man that rides a bike like you do. he takes his pump off when he rides…he works for Medtronic I can get you his e-mail if you would like to talk to him…regards packrat2