Mantra for May

Kelsey Bonilla Health Guide
  • As I’m writing this, my blood sugar is low… again.  For the past week, I’ve had an average of two lows per day and I’m so tired of eating dried fruit!  The reason for this string of lows is embarrassingly obvious.  I set a goal of exercising everyday (except Sundays) for the month of May.  More exercise equals insulin efficiency.  The math isn’t hard to do.


    But then why did it take so long for this blood sugar trends to become noticeable to me?  How many lows does it take to get my attention?  Apparently, the answer is ten to twelve. 


    This has long been one of my biggest frustrations with diabetes: you exercise to lose weight and then have to consume extra calories to combat low blood sugar, which completely undoes the calorie deficit you created during the workout.  Ugh!

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    Well, since I still have three quarters of the month left, I should be able to figure out how to adjust my insulin dosing to avoid this pattern of lows while I focus on exercise for May, right? Right.  Mostly it’s simply a matter of giving smaller meal and correction boluses since the fast acting insulin is getting a boost of efficiency from my post-exercise muscles. 


    My mantra for May: less insulin, less insulin, less insulin.


    I better make a note for June to either keep up the exercise or increase my insulin doses.  Otherwise I’ll be wondering about a sudden, unexplainable string of high blood sugars. 

Published On: May 06, 2013