Hi folks. I was recently diagnosed with type II diabetes. I like to ride long distances in the summer. Does anyone have any experience in what I should eat prior to and during these rides. These are rides of up to 100 miles or more.
You might want to carry a glucose meter and check every hour or so as you experiment to learn what works and what sends you out of whack.
This is excellent advice. Everyone is different. Pay attention to your diatitian that hopefully your doctor has referred you to. It might pay to shop around for one that also understands the needs of cyclists. For me managing my disease has mostly been a matter of weight loss and exercise. Diet played a part into this however I seem to be able to pretty much eat what I want and maintain healthy sugar levels. That said I've been eating mostly salads for lunch for a couple of years. I've cut back on bread and potatoes as well and don't drink as much beer as I once did. I have found that the increased activity of cycling has actually helped to lower my appetite which has allowed my stomach to shrink so I feel full with a smaller plate. This whole process has been gradual including changing the diet. You might also have a conversation with your pharmacist about on the bike nutrition and how your med(s) will affect what you eat. For educational reading find books that explain the glycemic index. Understanding that will go a long way to tailoring snacks to use while riding in excess of an hour.