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Old 07-11-2013, 03:24   #1
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I have a pump for my T1 and I completely turn it off when I rollerblade but my blood sugar will go from 200 to 60 in 20 minutes.

I have an inline half marathon that will take me about 60 minutes to complete. What can I take that is small and will help me keep me from crashing too low during the race? Right now it's candy orange slices but it's not enough.


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glucose tablets are the best thing to prevent, correct low BG. They are easy to carry and since they are dextrose/glucose, they work extremely fast. I don't use them for a basic correction, but would use them in your case, since you are going low that quickly. Plus you know exactly how many grams of carbs you are taking with glucose tablets.


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Glucose is fat acting but that could lead to ups and downs, you might want to try something a little longer lasting. Your best bet might be a target ketogenic diet (TKD) were you eat LCHF to stay in ketosis, then add carbs before and after a workout to keep fuel to you muscles and not completely drain you glycogen storage that leads to the low. You could experiement with exercises shakes that contain 20g or so carbs plus high fat and protien to give you some fuel, drink before and after. Google TKD do some research and see if it would help you.

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If you do not want to go the Keto route you can always load up on Cashews, lots of carbs, slow to digest.

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I don't use a pump but as I understand it from 'Think like a pancreas,' when you turn it off you still have insulin on board for about half an hour because it is in the fatty tissue.

Before physical activity I would try to just have the lowest basal rate that works.

Rather than try to pick up the low with carbs, I always try to reduce my insulin on board. Then your bg doesn't drop so quickly. I avoid doing anything physical with a meal time bolus in my system. BG will drop fast then.

And I carry a couple of cookies or something if I do need a pick up. (In spite of being very conscious and careful about a low )

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