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Any Diabetic cyclist out there?(13 posts)

Any Diabetic cyclist out there?Cannon
Dec 11, 2003 4:11 PM
I have been diabetic (type 2, 5'9" 150lbs) for about 13 months now, and this was my 1st triathlon season as a diabetic and it was my best season yet. Being diabetic has made me work out harder and more often.

Any other diabetics on this board? if so how do you manage your diabetes when you train? Whats your favorite food to carry with you on rides?
re: Any Diabetic cyclist out there?cydswipe
Dec 11, 2003 4:47 PM
I've been diabetic for 28 years now, I'm 31. I manage to ride about 4 or 5 times a week out of pure fun. I test my blood sugar before and after a ride. I always carry 3 rolls of Lifesavers, a Clif bar, and some watered down Gatorade or other in a spare bottle. Plus I ALWAYS wear a Medic Alert necklace and keep a homemade ID card in my saddlebag. I've never, in 10 years of riding RAGBRAI, MTB , or other, had any problems. Diabetes doesn't make me train harder or longer. It just takes a few extra minutes a day for me to prepare for a great ride.
Diagnosed as a Type II 3 years ago...The Walrus
Dec 11, 2003 5:15 PM
...and I noticed over the years that there are quite a few diabetics on the board. (There was a
i huge
thread on the topic about the time I was diagnosed, but it seems to have rolled off the Archives.)

I don't do anything "special" beyond following my diet and taking Glucovance. On rides I'll carry a bottle of diluted orange juice along with a Camelbak for water, plus crackers or fig newtons and hard candy. I, too, improved as a rider once I was diagnosed, which is a powerful inducement to stick with the program.
re: Any Diabetic cyclist out there?TUT2222
Dec 11, 2003 5:41 PM
I'm a 20 yr type 1(turned 50 this yr, damn). Strictly recreational rider. I carry some oj, peanut butter crackers, Insta-glucose gel(I have that 24/7), and sometimes my monitor to check myself at various times. No stinking little seatpost bag for me! :) I had more problems with high bs than low, but I think I'm getting that worked out.
re: Any Diabetic cyclist out there?redglobal
Dec 11, 2003 5:56 PM
Type 2 about 3 years I always carry life savers and gatorade.
re: Any Diabetic cyclist out there?Andy M-S
Dec 11, 2003 7:14 PM
I've been Type 1 for 32 years. I just carry my meter and some glucose tablets...
re: Any Diabetic cyclist out there?usna00
Dec 11, 2003 8:55 PM
Type 1 for 4 years now. Its one of those things where I wish I would have known then what I know now. I don't know why I stayed on injections so long. I'm on a pump now and its been the best thing ever. Its still not 'real time' control, but its as real time as you can get it. If my rides go longer or harder than expected all I need to do is turn down the basal rate....BIG help. If anyone is still on injections, what are you waiting for?

I ride about 10-15 hours a week and I race as much as I can. I've found that road racing and TT's aren't too bad on the system, but crits and mountain bike races are the worst. The intensity is usually much higher and thats when I've had a few low sugar problems. Haven't had a big problems recently but you always have to be ready.

The biggest thing, don't let something like diabetes slow you down, its just another reason to go faster.
Pump also heremghwk
Dec 11, 2003 11:18 PM
Mega Dittos on the pump. It is life changing technology, offering freedom and flexibility. I use a couple of different basal rates for cycling, depending on intensity, and experience few lows and even fewer highs. The pump is awesome. Its nice not to have to plan everything anymore. Viva Minimed/Medtronic! Hgba1c 6.5 and counting...
Dec 12, 2003 4:47 PM
Wow - good to see so many diabeticyclists out there! (I'm 28 years diabetic, 34 years old) I have little to add to what others have said here in terms of monitoring blood glucose and carrying sugar, but I'll come down on the pro-pump side. The pump has allowed me to quickly regulate bg levels like I wouldn't be able to do with injections.
The only problem cycling causes is in crits - anaerobic, intense stuff causes a huge spike in bg. Less-intense or prolonged activity drives it down, obviously. The problem with being high is having to pee during a race!
re: pumpAndy M-S
Dec 12, 2003 7:07 AM
What am I waiting for? Either an artificial pancreas or an islet transplant.

I commute every day, and in the past four years, I have had crashes that took me to the hospital twice (first: someone left-turned across my path, second: broadsided by a truck pulling out of a driveway). In both cases, a pump would have been smashed, ripped out, or otherwise mssed up, and it's kind of nice not to hace that to worry about. The keys in my jersey pocket left a nice mark--I'd rather not have a pumpprint.

I'm also keenly aware of the electromagnetic soup in which we live, and I'd be a little concerned about the potential impact of "noise" on the pump's functionality.

I use a mix of glargine and lispro doses, and generally that gives me pretty good control. 32 years (since I was 13) and no complications so far...

Plus, as someone pointed out, I've sort of gotten used to syringes. They're always good for freaking people out--when I was in jr. high, other kids always wanted to see my "tracks."
re: Any Diabetic cyclist out there?Cannon
Dec 11, 2003 9:10 PM
I have a lot of respect for you guys that are type 1, or type 2 but take insulin. I was only on insulin for a few months when I first found out I was diabetic and man that was a lot of work, I am not sure anyone gets use to but just deals with it. It is much better than the alternative. Lucky for me gulcovance works great and my blood sugar does not go over 200 very often. My last A1C test was 5.2.

Diabetes can happen to anyone. Who would have thought I would ever be diabetic, I have always ate right, worked out, and never overwieght. Not to mention this spring I will be getting my degree in Physical Education.

It hasn't slowed me down, its made me go faster!

Keep up the good work guys! (nm)52-16SS
Dec 12, 2003 6:55 AM
re: Any Diabetic cyclist out there?lyleseven
Dec 12, 2003 3:04 PM
Cycling has been a significant factor in reducing my blood sugar levels. It works better than running. I carry Jog Mate as a snack which is low in sugar.