Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Most Difficult thing about Diabetes and Exercise....

Exercise is great for everyone, but is particularly awesome for those with Diabetes. It helps to lower blood sugar numbers, which in turn means less insulin for Clifford. But there is also a hitch to exercise and diabetes. That is the management.

When Cliffy exercises his blood sugar lowers at least by 20 or more. We've tried this on World Diabetes Day including playtime outside on the swingset, lowering his blood sugar from 159 to 128, in the matter of 15 minutes. This is great, but sometimes can be tricky in trying to make sure he doesn't drop too low too fast. So to me the most difficult part to diabetes management and exercise is the attempt to make sure we are getting the benefits of the activity and keeping his blood sugar stable.

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  1. That's interesting to know. I can't imagine trying to find that balance, especially in a younger child.

    This may be difficult to discuss, but how will puberty affect the T1 diabetic? With all the changes that the body goes through during that time, will it be difficult to manage the insulin levels as well (not that it's ever easy)?

  2. What I have heard is when puberty hits it will be a whole new ball game. Hormones mess with blood sugars like crazy. We will probably see some highs from not enough insulin, and have to tweak it around constantly until we got it where we need, then we'll go through another growth spurt and bam back to tweaking lol.

  3. So true!!!! It really is amazing how quickly exercise can drop our blood sugar - and it can be hard to figure out just what to eat or just how to dose. But it really is worth the frustration.

    Thanks for participating in the #dsma carnival!!

  4. blessings to you and Cliffy, thank you for joining with the blog carnival.
    My eldest T1 is 7, I have another at 5 and exercise is never easy to manage with them.