The road to diabetes experiments combined with exercise are never-ending. There are always new things to learn and subsequently write about as the variables are many.
I'd like to share something else I've learned lately but something that took me eons to really figure out primarily due to my stubbornness. Most of us know that when you exercise it can often cause high blood sugars post work-out. I am not a doctor and fall short of understanding a lot of things. I will not be insulted if you correct me on this. From what I've read and learned is that exercise causes your liver to release glycogen which is stored glucose. This can be beneficial to help maintain blood sugars while exercising. I've found that when I stop, that glycogen that is released hangs around. It is the same as glucose in the blood and I'm still diabetic after all. It results in high blood sugars post work out.
When I finish working out it's one of the few times I feel famished. If I don't watch myself like a hawk, it's not uncommon for me to absentmindedly eat things in front of me - things that I shouldn't. You'd think that eating after a workout is necessary right? Well I've learned the slow and hard way that it just isn't (for ME). The other day I came home after a work out and my blood sugar was a touch low. I was slightly disoriented and a little bit shaky. Normally I would try not to have anything and this would correct itself but this time I FELT low. I ate 3 (THREE) gummi candies totalling about 8 grams of carbs. It's piddly squat. Then I made some tea and went about my business. Two hours later my blood sugar had gone from a 3.5 mmol/l (63 mg/dl) to a 15 mmol/l (270 mg/dl)! From 8 measly grams of carbs. In a perfect world I can usually ride that little low out but I just was feeling it too much.
So what are my findings?
I work out mostly in the evenings after work. I can't eat for at least an hour or two afterwards (this is hard, trust me). When I do eat, it has to be low carb or no carb. If I have carbs and try to bolus correctly it doesn't matter what I do, I always skyrocket. Typically I'll have a grapefruit or some eggs. The following morning however, is when my body is ready to tolerate carbs and it seems to be when it needs it most and I can bolus a little less for breakfast.
That's all I got for now!