Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Managing Diabetes When Life Gets Crazy

Life can get a little crazy from time to time. This last month I was all over the place, and so were my blood sugars (BS). I feel like after having diabetes for nearly 9 years I would be better at managing my diabetes when life gets busy, but sadly I’m not. I kind of just pretend it’s not there and hope for the best. This is definitely not the way to go. Not only do I feel like, but also I look like crap. My skin dries out, I’m exhausted, and my color is a little off. It’s just not worth it, so while life is giving me a small breather I am preparing myself for the next time.

Plan ahead

This is so basic that we sometimes forget about it. Make a plan for busy weeks/months/semesters. We all know that diabetes loves routine and consistency and that sometimes we are just not able to do that. But planning out a meal schedule will help you manage your carb intake and help keep your blood sugars in line.

Check your blood sugars constantly

I cannot stress this enough. Without checking your blood sugar levels you won’t know if your management plan is even working. I often forget that I need to check my blood sugars, so I have set reminders on my phone to help me remember to check. This is helpful during busy times because we can often lose track of time, but when an obnoxious alarm is going off it’s kind of hard to forget.

Pack some snacks

I am the absolute worst at this. When life gets busy pack a low carb high protein snack that will avoid large spikes in blood sugar and help manage hunger. When life gets busy I am one of the grab and eat people. I will stop at the first drive thru I see and order the worst thing possible. This is bad because usually it will break from my normal eating routine, and fast food is often high carb high fat, which is the worst for blood sugar control. Pack some snacks or small meals to help you avoid riding the blood sugar wave. 

Get some sleep

Lack of sleep tends to make you more insulin resistant, which can cause more chaotic numbers throughout the day. Check out what Adam Brown found while testing what sleep does to blood sugar levels.  

As obnoxious as diabetes management can be it’s important. It helps us to avoid feeling like crap and having diabetes complication down the road. So the next time life begins to pick up the pace be sure to remember these four things to get you through it.

Monday, March 31, 2014

March's Bests

March has now come to an end. It was a great month. I had the JDRF Cure for Diabetes Walk, researched a ton of fun subjects to post on, and experienced my second earthquake ever. I went through and found the top posts from March and wanted to share them with the rest of you. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Diabetes Tips for Active Days

The Fresno JDRF walkis this Saturday, March 29th. Fresno has done a great job raising money to help fund research for finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. The walk day will be an active one and we want you to do your best. Here are some tips for managing your diabetes on more active days.

Know how the activity is going to affect your blood sugars. A low impact activity such as, a slow steady pass walk, jog, or swim tends to bring your numbers down. While a higher impact activity such as weight lifting or sprints tend to raise your numbers. Knowing how active you will be will help determine your plan to keep your numbers in line. For the JDRF walk try lowering your basal intake an hour or two before the walk until an hour or two after.

Remember to check your sugars before, during, and after your exercise. Checking before lets you know if you need to adjust your insulin more to bring your numbers down or if you need to eat a small something to prevent going low during your activity. Checking during an activity helps you to see if you need to make more adjustments or if the adjustments you made previously to your activity are working. I always check my numbers right after a workout and then once more about 30 minutes after. Sometimes my numbers will be perfect after my workout and then spike 30 minutes to an hour later.

Have an emergency low kit with you. I usually will wear a fanny pack (I know super cool…jk) or my pump waist belt and throw in some jellybeans to treat a low. These are a lot easier for me to manage during a run. I can just grab a couple and pop them into my mouth while still being active. You can also always carry glucose tablets, a juice box, or other candies of your choice (avoid chocolate the fat in chocolate makes it take longer to digest).

My favorite part of the walk is seeing everyone there who has diabetes or knows someone with diabetes. It helps you to see that you are not alone in this, and there is no better feeling in the world. Be sure to sit down and make a plan for how to manage your blood sugars during the walk and make it a happy and healthy day.

For more information on how to manage your diabetes while exercising visit the JDRF website.