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From Mississippi, USA:

My 13 year old son has been a Type 1 diabetic since he was 9. Our nutritionist had given us a quick reference guideline which told us what type of food and how much he should eat before heavy exercise based on his blood glucose levels tested just before the exercise. He is a soccer player and practices and has games several times per week. This exercise is very beneficial in maintaining good levels. We lost the quick reference guide (it was typewritten on paper) and have been searching for months to find a resource that can provide us with similar information so that he will not experience any negative effects while enjoying his favorite activity. Can you help with any suggestions?


There is a book called Diabetes Actively Staying Healthy : Your Game Plan for Diabetes and Exercise by Marion Franz, R.D.,M.S and Jane Nostrom, M.A. This book is published by the International Diabetes Center. On pages 112 and 113 there is a very nice table of general guidelines for making food adjustments for exercise. The table gives you types of exercises and examples of each with regard to intensity and duration. For each type of exercise there are examples of pre-exercise blood glucose values, the number of grams of carbohydrate needed and suggestions of food to use. If you cannot find the above mentioned book, the table was originally published in Learning to Live Well With Diabetes by Etzwiler DD, et al. Minneapolis: Diabetes Center Inc. 1987:58.


Original posting 28 Nov 97


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