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Old 06-05-2014, 23:33   #1
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hey guys

i usually take 40u of levemir in the morning and 45 at night. also i take humalog for mealtimes according to my carbs eaten and metformin morning and supper.

recently since ive been losing weight, my sugars have been going in the 4mmol region right before lunch so my dietitian told me to reduce my levemir to 35 and eat 1u:15g ratio. so ive done that and after 2 hours after eating, my sugars were 8.5mmol. but then quickly dropped and were 5.0 total of 4 hours after eating.

but thats just basic stuff i needed to say. here is my question. im starting to exercise at a gym tomorrow...joined today and i cant get a hold of anyone before i go there tomorrow afternoon like my doctor etc.
but my dietitian told me to move my levemir to 30u the morning of going to the gym (im going 1pm) and not to take my insulin at lunch.
if i take only 30u wont my after breakfast readings be even higher than 8.5 like today? i kinda dont like that.

what do you all do or what do you suggest i do the day i go exercise. ive never done this before.

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That is the problem with using any Basal insulin you cant turn it off for exercise. you can reduce the Basal and make up with shots of Bolas and snacks before exercise to maintain BG.

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I am not familiar with those meds, but I do take Humalog KwickPen and I notice for me that my numbers are way better after I exercise than if I don't

If I know I am going to exercise , I reduce my Humalog (im my case 30--> 20)

I also test like craze after exercise.

I have caught myself at 55 once .....

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Exercise is tricky for us. Some folks spike, others go low ... for still others, exercise is a great way to keep glucose under control!

Until you know how exercise is going to treat you, the best plan is to carry your meter and insulin, plus a protein snack (e.g., string cheese or unsugared jerky) and glucose tabs. Actually, it's best to carry them all, anyway!

Test before, somewhere in the middle (if possible) and afterwards. It's almost like testing "new" foods.

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I spike when i exercise, ussually I keep it under 120 but yesterday I was at 144 after my soccer match, 30 minutes later it had dropped to 68. For me I think its the adrenal system that is making me insulin resistant while I am exercising (to keep glucose in the blood to fuel my muscles) problem is it spikes me, but once I relax after the exercise the depleted muscles suck up all the glucose and my BG plumets. Ussually rhodiola and glutaine help me keep the spike in check but it didnt work yesterday (or maybe it did and the spike would have been worse)

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Under those conditions I would be to nervous to try any kind of insulin injections, since it can fall so much on its own and timming is so critical, I am afraid I would Hypo if I tried it (I dont use insulin shots but considered asking for some as way to keep that kind of spike down, but now I think it would be too dangerous)

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