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Old 06-04-11, 08:52 AM   #1
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Cycling And Being Diabetic

I've been Type 1 for 25yrs, have always been somewhat self disciplined in vigorous excercise and weight training. One thing I'd learned early on with this disease is that exercise has a profound effect on the body that most doctors and nutritionalists dont have a slightest clue. I've had my share of insulin shock episodes because I didnt eat enough...thank God for my wife waking me up or noticing I'm on the moon somewhere

Surely there are others here that have had to closely monitor and adjust their eating and insulin dosages here. I'm starting a fresh thread to discuss what any would like to add for tips on control, stories and experiences.

I carry a snack bar and 3 packages of fruit snacks for rides up to 50mi. Of course, I tank up with a peanut butter sandwich and 2 glasses of sugar free lemonade before setting out. Anything over 50mi and I'm stopping for something to eat.
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Other than eating properly as any diabetic should I can't think of a thing to add to your fine post.
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I'll raise my hand.

Funny feeling but undiagnosed from 1968. Diagnosed 1974. Using Insulin from 1976, so taking that as the kickoff, 35 years insulin dependent.

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I have type 1 also. Here is a great website for you. It is like a face book for diabetes. http://www.tudiabetes.org/ There is a forum for cyclist and one for athletes. I use the Cliff shots.
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are you on the pump? and use the senor? That is a big help!!!
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are you on the pump? and use the senor? That is a big help!!!
No, I've been type "N" twice daily. I know it's oldschool but it's what I'm used to. 30u am and 25u pm. When I do a distance ride (the once weekly biggie) the dosages are cut back and the day after I'm watching diet closely because the metabolism is cranked up pretty good.
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The person who runs the Fairbanks, AK Tour de Cure is a young lady who is diabetic. One of the others who I rode with the other night is also diabetic. When i ride as Safety Biker I see a fair number of cyclists who are also I diabetics.

In the interests of privacy if you will PM me a good contact email I'll see they contact you. Then you can pick the strategy that works best for you. Tour de Cure Fairbanks also has a Facebook page so you might be able to contact Sara through that. But, our ride is next Saturday and I'm not sure she is regularly checking the page as she is pretty busy getting all the logistics worked out.

The one thing I have noticed over the years is that each Type I has their own personal tactics and recently the pump seems to be the core of the protocol. It is the Type II who seem to have the most problems and cause he most worry. So, I can't give you any direct mechanical help but I can steer you to some athletes who are successfully handling the challenge and will give you info you can borrow from.
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I ride the tour de cure every year. I doubt we will find a "cure" but if we find better ways to manage the condition that is good enough for me. So many of my friends are diabetics. Tomorrow is the century that I will participate in, the only charity ride I do.
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I used to hike with a man that was diabetic. There were a couple of issues that came up. One, it seemed to be easier for him to keep everything under control when he kept a regular routine of eating and activity, and so going on backpacking trips tended to throw things off. Then the other issue was that if he started running low on sugar, it would also affect his thinking and make it hard for him to realize what was happening, which would delay his doing anything about it.
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Then the other issue was that if he started running low on sugar, it would also affect his thinking and make it hard for him to realize what was happening, which would delay his doing anything about it.
That is the biggie right there. Most of the time you can see it coming, sometimes you cant and that is when you get into trouble. It's deceiving. This is the importance of routine snacking. If the blood glucose goes up you certainly wont die of it but if you dont snack regularly during the trip you can slip right into the danger zone.

When I do my first century I'll be taking my little monitor pack with me and routinely check along the way. This disease has never prevented me from doing any activity nor has it robbed me of peace of mind or life itself. Treat it and live.

(I love to backpack )
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