From Brunswick, Georgia, USA:
My son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes two weeks ago. He plays football for our local high school, and he is really concerned about controlling his blood sugar levels prior, during, and after he practices. He meals and snacks are as follows: Breakfast: 6:45 A.M., Lunch:10:45 A.M., Snack: 3 P.M., Football Practice: 3:30 P.M., Supper: 6 P.M. He starts back to practice next week, he has been advised to check his blood sugar before practice and every 45-60 minutes during practice. How will we know how many carbs to give him prior to practice and during practice?
Knowing how to increase food for activity without overdoing it can be a challenge. Since we don't know exactly what to expect, you might start with about one carbohydrate or 15 grams of carbohydrate for every 30 minutes to 60 minutes of activity beyond your normal intake. He would need his usual snack at 3:00 then starting about 30 minutes into the activity he could drink a sports drink (about 8 oz.= 15 grams carbohydrate) or juice. The advice to check throughout the game is excellent. How much supplementing he needs will be determined with careful monitoring. It sounds like a lot of work, but it will pay off if blood sugars can be maintained to avoid highs or lows.
Original posting 13 Dec 1998
Posted to Exercise and Sports
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:00
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