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Exercise - Yay or Nay?


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Old 04-06-2013, 08:02   #1
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Hello Folks,

So the weekend started and I spent a lot more time (around 4 hours) going through this forum and other places on the net to understand more about exercise and foods associated vis-a-vis the BG numbers.

So 10 days back my doctor more than halved my dose of medication (now its just glimpiride 2mg + 500mg met before lunch). Before this I was hypoglycemic a lot and my A1C had come down to 5.3, and weight around 79Kg. After the reduced medication, my weight is steady, at 78Kg, with same exercise and diet. But my BG numbers are atleast now are around 105-130 for fasting (before exercise). I have a glass of skim milk and 2 crackers and hit the gym. 40 mins of running (around 6-7KM) and then approx. 30 mins of weight. Two hours after the morning fasting reading (and exercise) my numbers are similar to fasting. My post lunch numbers (Breakfast and Dinner) are anywhere between 130-170 after 2 hours, depending on what I ate.

Now these numbers are anywhere between 10-30 points higher than my earlier numbers. While I am no longer hypoglycemic during or after exercise and feel fresh most part of the day, the fact that more than 60 mins of exercise has still not been able to counter the reduction in medication is slightly leaving me depressed. On this community I read how for many T2s exercise makes no difference and that slightly made my mood worse.

Based on some suggestions on this forum, next week I will test in lab (hopefully my meter is not wrong) and am going to request my doc to stop glimpiride altogether and start me off with metformin morning and evening. Even though slightly de-motivated, I am going to persist my exercise routine to see if metformin does any wonders for me.

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Increasing the amount of exercise may not be solution. Too much hard exercises can have the opposite effect and raise your blood sugar at least temporally. Maybe the thing that can work best for you is reducing your input of carbohydrates, changing the type of snack for higher protein many times does the trick. If you have the time also splitting the time of your exercise by doing a morning and afternoon sections can help.

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You don't say but are you eating to your meter? If I ate the crackers and milk, my reading would be as high or higher than yours, even with the exercise. While milk is in the protein category, I am somewhat lactose intolerant in that the milk sugars affect me quickly. Why not try a different protein?

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