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Old 07-12-2018, 21:30   #1
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Default Type 1 diabetes bodybuilding weight lifting insulin nutrition all of it

I have been doing well at weight lifting actually more muscle then I had in the years before the diagnosis. I guess it is the insulin. I got kicked off a body building forum for posting the subject even though the title was the same as this one diabetes and bodybuilding.

I get by with Lantus, diet and exercise. I have all this Humalog I don't use but now a little over 4 months into my diagnosis I am over the needle phobia and was thinking maybe I should use it to up my carbs. In reality I should be using it now and eating carbs at the official recommended rate, that's why it was prescribed. I used it alot in the beginning but truth is I am afraid of the stuff do to my lack of experience after learning not to use it.

Right now I eat alot of Salmon, I buy a pound its gone in 2 meals. It seems to help the bears up in Alaska pack on the pounds and its tasty. Its probably better then those muscle shakes made of whey left over from milk pressing to make cheese or where ever that comes from.

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Writing "all of it" twice was an accident. Copy pasted the title for a spell check and messed up somehow.

It's been fixed VJ


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I see your just on lantus and not any faster acting insulin. If you have not taken faster acting insulin, I would be very cautious with it as the impact and response of the insulin is fast as things happen quickly

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I used it alot in the beginning but truth is I am afraid of the stuff do to my lack of experience after learning not to use it..
There are some excellent books that can help you a lot in using insulin, both in basal, and the bolus for meals.

Think Like a Pancreas by Gary Schneider

Using Insulin by John Walsh

No one should have to start using insulin without some education and preferably coaching.

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I used Humalog at the rehab they had me on the sliding scale 120-200 before meal = 2 units... I had no idea what I was doing like mistakenly thinking a few handfuls of cheerios won't do anything they are carbs but not sweet. It is scary cause I would take the Humalog and did not think eating immediately was that important. I always started high and not experienced a hypo yet.

Then I learned kind of how to eat and the effect of exercise a 1 to 2 point drop per minute at the upper end of moderate intensity. That was the end of Humalog.

I have that book Think Like a Pancreas, I guess its time to read it as I don't fall down the rabbit hole of worry like when I read that stuff like in the beginning.

Thought going to the gym and getting results was over when I was first diagnosed then reading all these web pages claiming its possible to be diabetic and do the gym but more difficult and you get less results. That was bullcrap cause the muscle sticks better now then before. I was stubborn stupid waiting so long with that thirst and peeing and letting myself get that sick. Then my legs edema swell up crazy day after hospital.

If anyone new is reading this I am a naturally thin type 1 late 40s on insulin and went back to the gym and my muscles grew better then ever and faster. My strength about the same as pre diagnosis but I look stronger now. Took a wile to get started, weeks to recover from the initial sickness and ketoacidosis but all is good now so don't bug out. Wish I read from someone else what I am writing now 3 months ago when I was incredibly scared and totally bummed out.

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If you don't have to take humulog I wouldn't - I've been on it for about 10 years I think (feels like 10 years). A very good insulin to use to get your BGS down relatively quickly but it can also lower your BGS dangerously low if you give too much. If you start taking it, test often until you get used to how it interacts with your body.
As for body building - I've never done it but I've never had problems building muscle mass as I needed it during my football and hockey years back in the day. I've heard non diabetes athletes take insulin to build muscle - I often wondered if that was why it was easy for me to build muscle mass for my sporting activities. Don't know .....

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why would a non diabetic take the risk of using injecting insulin? to build muscle? i never heard of it and it sounds outrageously foolish. almost as bad as taking PED/steroids to build muscle like anabolic steroids, androstenedione, human and growth hormone.

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why would a non diabetic take the risk of using injecting insulin? to build muscle? i never heard of it and it sounds outrageously foolish. almost as bad as taking PED/steroids to build muscle like anabolic steroids, androstenedione, human and growth hormone.
I understand what you're saying. I can't imagine it myself but this practice has been going on for years and is accepted muscle therapy for many sporting communities - body building being one of them:

https://www.muscleandfitness.com/nut...cular-physique

https://www.newscientist.com/article...using-insulin/


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are they taking humalog? Regular, lantus?

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Initial BS 137 then gym 5 sets leg press and one mile on bike I set lat pull down go home test 82. The two tests were exactly 1 hour apart.

Would twice the gym pull me down 55 more and leave me at BS of 27 ? I don't think it works that way. Hope not.

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