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type one diabetes and working out

How Insulin Improved My Work-Out Performance

 

Like most Type One Diabetics that were diagnosed as young adults, you can probably relate to the following: having extremely high blood sugar results in lethargy, which results in a meager work-out performance. Before my diagnosis, I was very tired which deteriorated my running mileage and time. However, at the time, I just thought I was a not-so-great runner that lacked endurance and strength.

Ever since I started taking insulin and monitoring my blood sugar, my running ability has improved significantly! However – don’t get me wrong – I’m by no means a great distance runner. A 4-5 mile beach run is just my thing. It calms my mind, makes me feel better, lowers by blood sugar, and consequently, decreases my need for insulin.

 

Tip: Do Carry Some Sugar With You

 

Your sugar… yes please!

On these runs, I usually carry a “That’s It” fruit bar – made of 100% fruit with 25 grams of carbohydrates. That way, if I get a little low during my work-out, it’s a great source for my hypoglycemia. These fruit bars come in a variety of fruits (apples, bananas, blueberries, and pineapple) and cost about $1/bar if you buy them at Costco.

Dreaming about running (and that’s a whole new story…),

Xo Ashley