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What's the best way to keep BG steady when working out? I always drop low even when I have something sweet before hand.

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Living with type 1 diabetes.
Ardmore, PA
If exercising after a meal, reduce the mealtime insulin. If before a meal, consume rapid-acting carbs beforehand.

Living with type 1 diabetes since 2003.
Chicago, IL
I always turn off or reduce my basal depending on where my BG is when I start and what sort of activity I am doing.

Living with type 2 diabetes.
Orange, CA
Always carb load before exercise. Then, eat watermelon or mango during breaks. Mineral and coconut water with cinnamon..

I'm a mom supporting a child with type 1 diabetes since 2006.
Waterford, WI
Perhaps if you are going to have a planned work out you might do a temp reduction in basal if you are on a pump.

Living with type 1 diabetes since 2011.Living with LADA since 2011.
Truckee, CA
I take energy gels and/or energy drinks about every 30 - 45 minutes based on how hard I'm working. Drinks are easiest because I can take a mouthful every few minutes to make sure I keep constant levels. Also, if I'm working out in a more consistent basis, I start to back off my long acting insulin by a few units.

Living with type 1 diabetes since 2003.
Chicago, IL
Have a 15-20 gram carb snack - not sweet but carb dense so it kicks in a little slower

Living with type 1 diabetes since 2003.
Dallas, TX
Everybody's body reacts different to both food and exercise. I always take a Gatorade with me when I CrossFit in case I go low. It took two weeks before I figured out the right amount and type of carbs to eat prior to a workout. I take around 30 complex carbs and a simple sugar fruit (usually a banana or dried mango) 30 minutes before a workout. I would closely log your diet and your before, during, and after blood sugars. You will feel amazing once you stablalize your sugar during workouts!

Living with type 1 diabetes since 1990.
Santa Barbara, CA
Every body is different but there is a balance to find between amount of insulin in tissues that will be absorbed more rapidly with activity and digested carbs to feed those insulin-opened cells. Cutting back on basal insulin prior to activity is helpful for many. Remember though, if you eat after your basal rates have been reduced for activity there is less available in your tissues to balance out carbs. Good luck!!!

Living with LADA since 2015.
SF, CA
It takes some experimentation. I’m a competitive cyclist and when I was diagnosed 3 years ago I would have to take in ungodly amounts of sugar while riding. Now, I’ve figured out that by monitoring my bs via Dexcom my bs drops quickly after about 20-30 min of tempo heart rate. So I eat 15 grams usually Cliff Shot Bloks are my go to sugar. But when you are in a higher gear rate zone, you will see a rise in sugar followed by a crash. Definitely cut back on mealtime insulin if it’s a tempo workout and fuel correctly with good protein and fats but be careful with fast sugars since they tend to spike then drop leaving nothing in the tank. Sorry I’m sure that’s confusing as heck. Just log all your data and start comparing. It’ll begin to paint a picture. Just always have fast sugar with you:)

Living with LADA since 2015.
SF, CA
Edit: Higher *heart rate

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