I was diagnosed last October and am 30 years old. I found out I was T1D while I’m hosp after surgery to have my thyroid removed. Since getting my synthetic thyroid levels normal I have gained 30 pounds. I’ve never had an issue with weight and am not sure what to do. When I try to work out my sugar always drops. Does anyone have any tips on how to work out and lose weight and still control my sugar levels. Thank you I feel so lost with all of this.
I’m not a doctor but I am a personal trainer, have you tried sipping Gatorade or increasing a preworkout snack? I water down Gatorade for my son when we do heavier activities to help try and balance
Dropping during fitness is definitely a struggle. I’m on my school’s tennis team and I’ve definitely had problems with gong low during matches. I have found that bringing a bottle of Gatorade or another similar drink onto the court with me is a good way to keep from dropping; I typically take a few sips between points when I feel it’s needed. I also recently got a CGM, which is super helpful because I can see when my levels are dropping and prevent them from going too low. If you don’t have one, I suggest looking into it.
Thank you. I have recently gotten a CGM and a pump which have helped to get me level! I’m not sure what kind of snack would be great. I will try the Gatorade and see if that helps. I’ve always been quite active and it’s been really hard to work out like I used to. What would you recommend as a good pre work out snack that won’t spike me? Thank you so much for the advice!
Everyone has different snack preferences, obviously. One of my favorites is cheese and crackers–fairly low in carbs, but enough to sustain me through a workout (and my doctor has told me that the cheese causes the body to process carbs slower, which can help to avoid one of those annoying spikes). I also bring Gatorade Chews (basically fruit snacks) onto the court with me and eat a few if I feel like the match is particularly long or strenuous. I’m always looking for new snack options, so hopefully some other folks will post on here if they have ideas.
I workout regularly and play football and participate in many strenuous activities. So some of my go to’s are number 1 Gatorade: Now since Gatorade is very sugary and fast acting I would advice not drinking the entire thing unless you are doing something that will burn it off. Number 2: Protein/Granola bar: These are great because they are slow digesting and so the carbs will last a little longer with less of a spike. Try to find a bar that you like thats not too high in carbs but has a decent amount. Number 3: Fruit: Bananas and apples are awesome because they contain good sugars and not as much sugar as say a full Gatorade.
Hi, I am sorry to hear of your struggles. I am a 51 year old man with type 1 for more than 41 years. I try to workout 5 - 6 times per week, usually before going to work for 45 minutes, at my home gym in my basement. As I am sure you are aware, it is a vital part of your treatment program…in my opinion as important as diet and meds.
Having said that, it is not easy to stop going low while working out. I tend to workout right after breakfast, which means I will tend to pump in a bit less insulin than if I were not going to workout. I will then (using my pump) set a temp basal to start 30 minutes prior and let it go for at least 30 minutes after the workout. I have a bottle of lo-cal Gatorade that I drink throughout. It is only 12 carbs for the whole bottle. If I were going out for a hike or to a gym for a high intensity workout I would tend to have regular Gatorade with me.
Oftentimes, my BG will drop an hour or 2 after working out, therefore I usually have a snack with me at the office to try to offset the lows. The snack is usually a banana or protein bar, in other words nothing high in calories or bad fat. It is truly a trial and error situation…but please be careful and err towards going a bit high until you work out the kinks.