Kool Joe
By Kool Joe Latest Reply 2010-11-20 10:42:47 -0600
Started 2010-11-20 06:20:48 -0600

When is it be to excercise before meals or after

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CaliKo 2010-11-20 10:42:47 -0600 Report

Hi Kool Joe, and welcome to the DC site.
There are probably lots of different answers to that question. And lots of things to consider when deciding what is right for you. Like, what is your blood glucose level at the time you are considering exerciing? Is it the morning and you are deciding before or after breakfast? Or on the way home from work and considering stopping at the gym before going home or out to dinner? Are you medicated?
Know that exercise will take glucose directly out of your bloodstream without the benefit of insulin. Diabetics will use that as a tool for lowering bg levels. But, if your bg level is not high enough, or you have glucose lowering meds working, you may be at risk for going too low.
Its important to consider also what kind of exercise you are doing. Are you working out in the comfort and safety of your own home where you can easily stop and have a snack if you start to feel bad? Or are you used to running 5 miles outside?
I was caught off guard a few times when I was newly diagnosed because I just didn't expect to experience lows for a long time. Not true. I suggest having some emergency carbs with you if you are out running or biking or whatever. I just carry something like dried apricots or raisins. I used to carry candy, but I couldn't make myself eat it.
I do a variety of exercises and at different times of the day. It's best for me if I eat something first and then exercise. It may be strength training for my bone density, a 2-mile run in my neighborhood or an aerobics tape. Then I'm off to work. After lunch I'll walk 2 to 4 miles on the days I have strength training, just so I always have something aerobic. I rarely exercise at night, maybe an occasional walk.
Good luck and welcome again.