Our January 13th Twitter chat explored something that’s probably on almost everyone's list of New Year's resolutions: exercise. Our special guest was Dr. Sheri Colberg (@SheriColberg). Colberg is an author, lecturer, researcher, professor, exercise physiologist, and expert on exercise and diabetes. We also welcomed back Jewels Doskicz (@She_Sugar) as our host.
With rising and falling blood sugars, hectic schedules, and health woes, exercise can sometimes take a back seat. This twitter chat’s questions helped encourage everyone to get moving and make exercise a priority for diabetes management.
We started off with greetings and introductions to get everyone familiar with those in the chat and the chat format and then dove into our questions for the evening.
Our guest Dr. Colberg jumped right in with her expert advice
Next we asked, "Do you ever use diabetes as an excuse to skip exercise? Why?" We got a wide variety of answers, but overwhelmingly everyone agreed that diabetes should be your reason to exercise, NOT your reason to forego your workout.
But, everyone was honest in admitting that sometimes exercise can be difficult.
Dr. Colberg was there to offer advice and encouragement. Colberg explained to Kayleigh (@kay_aneal) "Exercise when your insulin levels are lowest or cut back on it beforehand to avoid exercise lows." She also says, "The amount of insulin in your system during and after has a big effect. Exercise increases insulin action for 2-72 hours"
For question 3 we asked, "What safety precautions do you practice when exercising with diabetes? Is it different for type 1 and type 2?" Everyone seemed to have good tips on how you can exercise safely with diabetes and focused a lot of their advice on planning ahead.
Some other great advice that was given was to bring a supply belt with sugar packets, wear a medical bracelet, and test your blood sugars before and after.
Colberg also shared this image from her site Diabetes in Motion to better illustrate the factors that should go into planning ahead for your workout:
The fourth question we asked was, "What is your preferred type of exercise?"
But, Laura Cipullo RD CDE (@MomDishesItOut) might have said it best, "The best exercise or movement is the one u love!!"
Next we asked, "What do you attribute your high and low blood sugars to when exercising?" As Chris Clem (@brizeater) pointed out, we just had a great article from Colberg about this on Diabetic Connect: 6 Things You Should Know About Exercising with Diabetes.
"What advice has your healthcare provider given you for diabetes management and exercise?" Most people seemed to feel like they got good advice from their doctors but a lot of progress comes from trial and error.
Jewels (@She_Sugar) gave some great inspiration by explaining, "I've created my own regime for marathons + century bike rides, managing D is an experiment of sorts to see what works best."
The last question that we asked was, "How do you balance your food and medication with exercise to avoid blood sugar highs and low?"
Colberg added some extra wisdom to this saying, "Even when you walk the dog! Don't leave home without something in you pocket."
Thank you to Sheri Colberg for all of her expert advice and to all those that participated in this weeks chat!
Be sure to join us for our next Twitter chat on Tuesday, January 20 at 9:00 p.m. EST.