03-04-2011 11:18 PM
I'm 33 and PreDiabetic. I'm an avid runner (I complete 3-4 ultramarathons per year) and I'm wondering if there's any info, tips, strategies for eating pre and post workouts - for the workouts that are 4-8 hours long. I've been running for years, but I also notice training days when I'm extremely weak or dizzy, to the point of not being able to finish. I have no idea if this is in association to my sugar level or not, but being told recently that I am PreDiabetic, I'm guessing that's part of the reason?
I'm also finding that my doctor isn't super helpful with providing dietary info for long/extreme workouts, or what else to do besides lower weight and exercise more to prolong type II diabetes. I feel like I exercise a lot (6 workouts per week, ranging from 2 hrs-8hrs with running and yoga) and I'm about 5'8" 160 lbs.
Thanks! Any info is helpful, I'm new to this.
03-05-2011 12:27 AM
So awesome to see your post! I have a few resources for you. First, here is a blog I wrote about this exact question: http://teamwildathletics.com/2011/02/17/what-shoul
Second, check out Team WILD, we do have room on our teams for women who have pre-diabetes. We don't have a run team this year, but we will next year! http://teamwild.org
And about the inability to find medical providers who get what you are asking ... I so understand this problem. Here is the new website for the most amazing diabetes/sports nutrition educator I have ever found: http://eatwellburncarbs.com Her name is Marcey Robinson and she's nothing short of incredible with athletes who have diabetes. I have learned nearly everything I know about diabetes and exercise from her.
Good job taking charge of your health!
Team WILD: Women Inspiring Life with Diabetes
03-05-2011 10:42 PM
I also have had very little help from my doctor and diabetes educator. I am
diabetic. Not an avid runner like you, but I started to have the dizzy
spells and weakness, like you mentioned, during my workouts and it is
related to my blood sugar.
Best way to find out.. get a glucose meter and take your blood sugar before,
during and after a workout and at the point that you are feeling dizzy or
weak. Those numbers will tell you what you should be doing if it is related
to your blood-sugar.
For me, if my numbers get into the low 70s, I find that taking a drink of
about 6 ounces of Gatorade (or similar drink) brings those numbers up a
little so that I can finish my workout without dipping into the sixties and
getting dizzy. Everyone has their own threshold where the dizziness/weakness
starts so find your number and go from there. (My number is anything lower
than 67 but some people can go higher or lower.. I find that if I dip below
70 I have to stop working out. At first I took my blood sugar every 20-30
minutes of rigorous exercise (like jogging or running) and now I can read my
own cues and don't take it as often. You will too.
I hope this helps. =)
03-05-2011 11:19 PM
Thanks for your comments!
03-06-2011 12:13 AM
doctor might be able to get one for you for free and write you a
prescription for test-strips. When I was pre-diabetic I got my first meter
for free and a prescription for test-strips because she thought it was wise
to keep an eye on myself. It's worth checking on.
If your doctor won't get you one, One Touch has ads in a lot of health
magazines on getting one free. They may even have one that you can get free
off of their website... although at Walgreens they have one pretty cheap.
Sometimes they come with 10 free test strips.. but if you are pre-diabetic
it might pay to get the glucose meter with the cheapest strips. They can get
As for numbers, I've always been told 90-120 is ideal.. and of course it's
going to be a little higher about an hour or two after a meal. I was told by
my diabetes educator that the best numbers during a work out are going to be
from 70-110... but that is for me being very diabetic... not pre-diabetic.
I have moderately tight control of my diabetes... so the numbers might be
the same for you. =)
03-06-2011 01:14 AM
Below is a link that will tell you all about testing and ranges. It's Testing 101, just click on it. Different organizations have different "ranges", but a lot of us here try to keep the numbers in the non-diabetic rang
03-06-2011 01:18 AM
03-06-2011 01:27 AM
This chart is a beginning point, you have to adjust it to your indivdual needs (through testing) but it's a good start. Here's the chart: click here.
Come on over to the type-2 boards where there are many more people to chat with. We also have an "Exercise" thread with a lively group and many people with lots of exercise experience. Here's a link: click here
03-06-2011 01:31 AM
Are you a Type-2 also? Why don't you come visit us too. There aren't many people posting here, but a lot more on the main boards. Lots of good information and some laughs too.