From Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA:
I am a 14 year old female who has type 1 diabetes and is on the high school track team, and many times before I run, my blood sugar will be higher than 240 mg/dl [13.3 mmol/L] (normally due to adrenalin). It normally drops after I run. Is this unhealthy for my body? Should I take insulin to get it down before I run? Wouldn't the extra insulin drop me low in the middle of my race?
I actually have had a couple of people with just the same problem. Clearly, I don't want to see you low. It doesn't hurt to have that little time with stress-induced hyperglycemia as far as I can tell, and surely the low is worse.
I worry you can't fine-tune the insulin to avoid the high and the low too. One might suggest trying to time the insulin peak to avoid the high, but what if you overcome the stress and are lower anyway and then get really low? Sometimes it doesn't pay to be too worried about single sugars.
Original posting 13 Mar 2002
Posted to Exercise and Sports
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:32
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2017. Comments and Feedback.