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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 08-02-07, 02:51 PM   #1
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Ok, I'll chime in - Hi, I'm Tim...

I used to run a lot, then found out I was a Type 1 Diabetic (insulin required, you can't prevent it). Excersize was hard trying to balance my blood sugar levels. So I quit. That was 3 years ago. I gained about 100lbs over the last 3 years. I now weigh about 250, but was up around 300 at one point. I've been itching to fix that for some time, and about a month ago I decided to buy a bike. I have an old Murray, it sucks, so I bought a Trek SU100. I love it, and it's a good place to start. I've been riding about 10 miles a day or more for the last 2 weeks or so and it's the most fun I've ever had working out. Looking to hit that 200 mark again. I'll keep you posted!
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Got a story at work I'll send you (I'm home today), unless I killed it in the last computer purge. It was written by a newspaper reporter in Texas who developed Type II and brought it under control with diet and exercise...won't apply directly to your case, of course, but there are lots of tips in it that might be of benefit to you.
Reason I saved it is that I developed a fairly high glucose level a couple of years ago, along with some neuro symptoms that might have indicated the beginning of trouble. I've done pretty well with fairly modest changes, but I read that every once in awhile for motivation.
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Just like they do it on Cheers. Everybody on 3, ok?
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Hi Silver, and welcome! Sounds like you've been bitten hard by the cycling bug... isn't it great!!
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It's a bit scary

I'm sitting at work, but all I really want to do it go ride. I feel better than I have in a while and I know it's just going to get better. Crummy part is, I'd like to go longer, but have to break my rides into 2 a day due to time contraints over the last 2 weeks. I'm HOPING that I'll be able to do 20 miles in 1 sitting this weekend...

Here's to hoping!
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Welcome aboard! Hopefully some biking will help your diabetes.

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Tim, given you are Type I, you already know you'll have to take extra precautions monitoring the blood glucose, but still, nothing is out of your reach!

Allow me to introduce you to Team Type 1, one of the fastest teams in RAAM last year. Each rider was Type I diabetic and completed a cross country relay race that is inarguably the toughest distance race on the planet!
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I'm also a pumper

I pump - I'm not sure if I could do it when I was on daily injections. So far, being type 1 hasn't slowed me down, just made me more aware. The pump is the reason I started all of this. It's been life changing.
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I pump - I'm not sure if I could do it when I was on daily injections. So far, being type 1 hasn't slowed me down, just made me more aware. The pump is the reason I started all of this. It's been life changing.
GOOD! Actually, the activity will help stave off the circulatory damage and peripheral neural damage that is associated with Diabetes! By the way, what part of the country are you in?
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I live in Oregon. Yeah, I'm only 28 and I'd love to keep my toes and feet for as long as possible. I know that's morbid, but if I don't think about it now, it'll be too late later.

In the last week, I've managed to get 5 other employees to take up lunchtime rides. We'll all be doing a 10 mile stint tomorrow at lunch. Good thing we have showers!

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I live in Oregon. Yeah, I'm only 28 and I'd love to keep my toes and feet for as long as possible. I know that's morbid, but if I don't think about it now, it'll be too late later.

In the last week, I've managed to get 5 other employees to take up lunchtime rides. We'll all be doing a 10 mile stint tomorrow at lunch. Good thing we have showers!

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It's not morbid to take proactive steps to preempt future health issues. It's morbid to give up! I'm glad you are proactive, believe me! The reason I asked your location is that I am trying to organize some rides and ithers are as well in the Midwest here and i was going to invite ya if you were in the area.
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Congratulations on getting the cycling bug. Soon you'll not just be thinking about riding but surfing for bike porn and drooling at bike pics. Then you'll start fiddling around with components and adjusting things that really don't need adjusting... eventually you'll need to go into therapy when it becomes an obsession!

Actually I have a question about diabetes. What got me off my butt and on my bike was watching a diet show on tv where they said that there is a very short window of opportunity to get out of pre-diabetic stage and most people don't even know they are in that stage until it is too late and they actually become diabetic. Is diabetes reversible or is it permenant and you just have to live with it and manage it? Hopefully my weight loss will prevent the risk of getting it but the worry is still there.
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Congratulations on getting the cycling bug. Soon you'll not just be thinking about riding but surfing for bike porn and drooling at bike pics. Then you'll start fiddling around with components and adjusting things that really don't need adjusting... eventually you'll need to go into therapy when it becomes an obsession!

Actually I have a question about diabetes. What got me off my butt and on my bike was watching a diet show on tv where they said that there is a very short window of opportunity to get out of pre-diabetic stage and most people don't even know they are in that stage until it is too late and they actually become diabetic. Is diabetes reversible or is it permenant and you just have to live with it and manage it? Hopefully my weight loss will prevent the risk of getting it but the worry is still there.
Type II is often manageable by diet and exercise. You do need to know though that the longer you have it, the harder it is to get back off the meds, if you can at all.

Type I is not diet manageable, but requires insulin.

A little hint: Cinnamon helps manage blood sugar in Type II, I found out earlier in the thread and I confirmed that that is correct. It's NOT a replacement for your meds, but it does help, if you have type II diabetes.
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Tom is right...

Tom is right about the different types. Type 1's get a bit annoyed at times, as they have people tell me, "Geez, it's too bad you didn't start excersizing sooner!" Type 1 is an auto-immune disorder where your body attacks the pancreas and ruins it's ability to create insulin. There is no 'real cure' yet other than a cell transplant, but then you're on anti rejection drugs forever - who wants to do that?

Type 2 people may become insulin dependent, but if they take steps early, they may be able to get away from it entirely.

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My wife is on the pump and while it is a wonderful thing, I think it also gives you a false sense of normalcy . She was much more vigilant about watching what she ate and was able to feel the out of normal sugar levels when taking shots a little better, but then again she has been diabetic for 31 years and this might just be the effects of having it that long.

Se sure to watch for the signs, always carry your glucose tablets or gel and make sure if you exercise with someone, they know what to do in an emergency. I can't tell you the panic that my wife can cause people that are unfamiliar with low blood sugar attacks. She has several mental and physical attitudes she can go into when she is low and there are distinct signals with each that I have to pick up on. I taught my kids what to look for, what to do and how to handle it. #1, always be calm and to call me or to contact the authorities if she has a really bad low blood sugar level and they are out somewhere. I have told them to never let her tell them she is ok, unless they see her doing something to correct the low sugar. She is infamous for this. They also know how to use her meter to check her levels to be able to tell me or rescue the results.

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All good advice.

I do about half of my riding alone, so I'm sure to have a medic alert bracelet on as well. I've talked to several paramedics who say it's nice to know exactly what to look for.

I use Gu - it's gross tasting, but works in a pinch! I've been lucky not to experience a low to the point of passing out, but I can get grumpy when I'm lower than I should be.

Thanks for sharing her story - there aren't many pump weilding type 1's out there.
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Yep, wearing a bracelet is a good thing, she would never wear one, "cause they are ugly". I ended up getting her a gold one and she been wearing it for 10 years now. Can never be too careful, someone on a low can be mistaken for being drunk or on drugs. What brand pump are you using, she uses a Animas IR1000, but wants to move to the 2020.
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Bracelet and pump

You should look at Lauren's Hope on the web. Best ID bracelets I've ever seen. I use the Animas 2020 and I love it. I looked at the rest, but Animas really has their act together and my local rep is awesome - and it's the only 100% waterproof pump. I've dropped mine, taken it on every roller coaster ride in Disneyland and California Adventure, taken it swimming, etc. I'd happily share my experience with her if she needs it.
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