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Old 10-14-2008, 12:11   #1
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I just discovered something today that I never knew. You shouldn't exercise when your sugar is high.

Since being diagnosed with diabetes type 1 7 years ago, I have been exercising an hour after dinner for 40 mins. Surely an hour after dinner, my blood sugar is still high and now that i know exercising at this time is bad, I'm beginning to wonder why my sugar has been harder to control over the years.
I'm also having problem losing weight. I exercise to the point I'm sweating heaps but I haven't lost a single kg.....more like put on if anything. Could this weight problem be due to that I'm exercising when my sugar is high?

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Hi friendliness ,it's true if you have high blood sugar you should'nt exercise .I found this article on the web at Medecine plus

Your health care team can help you decide the best time of day for you to exercise. Together, you and your team will consider your daily schedule, your meal plan, and your diabetes medicines.

If you have type 1 diabetes, avoid strenuous exercise when you have ketones in your blood or urine. Ketones are chemicals your body might make when your blood glucose level is too high and your insulin level is too low. Too many ketones can make you sick. If you exercise when you have ketones in your blood or urine, your blood glucose level may go even higher.

If you have type 2 diabetes and your blood glucose is high but you don?t have ketones, light or moderate exercise will probably lower your blood glucose. Ask your health care team whether you should exercise when your blood glucose is high.

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Are there any types of physical activity I shouldn?t do?
If you have diabetes complications, some kinds of exercise can make your problems worse. For example, activities that increase the pressure in the blood vessels of your eyes, such as lifting heavy weights, can make diabetic eye problems worse. If nerve damage from diabetes has made your feet numb, your doctor may suggest that you try swimming instead of walking for aerobic exercise.
Hope this will help you a bit
Bye Richard P.S here,s the link were i found it

MedlinePlus Health Information from the National Library of Medicine

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I have been Type 1 for 63 years. I was never more than 5 pounds overweight for my first 45 years or so. Then I started using Humalog and I began gaining weight even though I was not doing anything different. Diabetics using modern day insulins have this problem unless they eat very low carb meals and exercise a lot. The more insulin you use, the more weight you gain. I did not know this in the early 1990s and I gained 57 pounds. That caused me to have insulin resistance, a Type 2 symptom. I am a double diabetic (a diabetic with both Type 1 and Type 2). I take Avandia to control my insulin resistance. I average 130 carbs per day and walk 3 miles per day. I have lost 26 pounds.

I suggest you stop exercising when you have high blood sugar. Do whatever is necessary to get better control so you will not have those highs. Eat low carb so you will need less insulin. Exercise when your blood sugar is at a more appropriate level. Do these things and do them consistently, every day. that should result in your losing weight. Good luck!

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When you have ketones, do you have it for life or only until you get you sugar back into control?

At the moment i'm using a pen needle. The needle head comes in three sizes (the length of the needle differs). I'm using the medium length. The fact that my sugar has been hard to control, could i also be because the needle isn't going in deep enough? Should I convert to a longer one?

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I dobt that a longer one will help but it is worth a try. If you have been injecting for a long time in the same region of your body you may have developed scar tissue. The absorption of your insulin can be slow and uneven with scar tissue and thus you can have both highs and lows, mostly highs. The scar tissue is not visible on the surface of the skin but can sometimes be felt in the form of lumps beneath the surface. To avoid scar tissue it is necessary to rotate sites and not use the same body part too long. I switch from my lower abdomen to my upper legs every three or four weeks. I did not know about scar tissue years ago and I developed scar tissue in my upper abdomen that is so bad that I can never use it again.

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wow didnt even know this, shows how bad some doctors can be. i exercise quite a bit and when i was younger i always used to, not once did he doctor say anything about exercising when my blood sugars were high.

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Doesn't the type of insulin being used also affect how you will respond to exercising?

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As a type 2, before I went on insulin, I found that if I exercised when my BG was over 180, the level either stayed the same or went higher. Exercise did not lower my levels at all unless I was under 140 when I started to exrecise. However now I am on insulin, exercise does lower the BG immediately.

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Huh. I did not know this, friendliness! Thanks for sharing!

Only just joined a gym so that I CAN get my glucose down. I always thought exercise would get it down from being high. Hmm something to think about and ask my doctor when I can next afford him!

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When you say you one hour to exercise when your BS at the highest, what do you call High. Some people on hear call 120 HIGH while others call 300 high?

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