Cycling With Diabetes

Diabetes: issuesHere we are, in the middle of the off season, still keeping our fitness up but definitely not exercising as intense as we do during the regular season. I have way more high blood sugars, and suprisingly more lows to. The off season monster has just made it hard for me to manage my diabetes. This is because I was just diagnosed in May of this year and all I have ever known was managing my diabetes during the middle of riding hundreds of miles ever week or so.

Why Is it Harder to Manage?

I think this is because of the decreased activity. While I am still working out so many days a week its just not what I was doing during the season. During the season for a huge meal that I would want to eat, I would be taking around 8-10 units of insulin. Currently, I am taking around 18 units for a meal and sometimes that is not even enough. This is making me go crazy because it feels like I am doing something wrong, but I really think its just the less intense exercise that is happening to me.

The Changes You Should Make

There are several changes a Type One Diabetic should make during the off season. For one, you are definitely going to need to take in more Slow-Acting Insulin or increase your bolus rate on your pump. You will also definitely need to increase your carbohydrate ratios. Mine before the off-season was 1:20 (1 unit for every 20 grams of carbohydrates), and now I am down to about 1:12-14 (1 unit for every 12-14 grams of carbohydrates). Also, you will want to alter your diet as eating like you did during the regular season will definitely cause you to put on a few pounds and will also make your diabetes harder to manage!
I would like to hear about other peoples story with this problem, and how you go about managing it. I am not sure if this is exactly normal, or if this is a bad thing that I am using more insulin. There is nobody that can give me that kind of guidance.

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