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From Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA:

My 15 year old son is has Type 1 diabetes and is a wrestler. Before a match, his blood sugars are within normal readings. However, afterwards his blood sugars are greatly elevated. The readings of 300+ leave him feeling exhausted! What is occuring and can it be controlled?

Answer:

This is interesting. The reason is that the stress of competing in a wrestling match is producing a great surge of adrenaline which results in release of sugar from the liver and ketone production. If the change is consistent then a small increase in insulin should be given before the bout. You will have to experiment carefully because too high a dose could, of course, result in your son's sugar being low rather than too high.

KJR

Original posting 14 Mar 1999
Posted to Exercise and Sports

  
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