Increasing running distance with diabetes and insulin

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Patients Diabetes (Type 1)

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Hey everyone,

I have been running more often for about 12 minutes - I have increased it from 5 minutes then 8 minutes. I am just cautious about my BG level being impacted.

So, I want to try eventually run long distance... heck if I Can eventually, even a half marathon! 

I am looking for anyone who runs to share their experience and tips. How can I balance the running and BG levels? Are there certain ways I should utilize the insulin? Diet?

Thank you in advance

Beginning of the discussion - 11/3/19

Increasing running distance with diabetes and insulin

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Hi @kristal!‍ I use an insulin pump and glucose monitor (Dexcom) to monitor my blood glucose levels when I run... gives you more freedom and allows you to monitor and adjust insulin as you need. Also, know your numbers, your A1C, and listen to your body. If you were able to run 2 miles yesterday with no difficulty, but then a week later can hardly run 4 minutes... that is fine. There are many factors at play when we are talking about insulin and glucose.

Increasing running distance with diabetes and insulin

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@kristal! I'm far from an expert, but I have a friend with type 1 who is also into running, and I know she does a lot of planning ahead when she knows she's going to be running. I know she tends to run with these energy gels or honey packets to keep her sugar up. I'll have to ask her more about it. Maybe some others on here can be of more help.

Increasing running distance with diabetes and insulin

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@jndr11 Oh thank you, sorry I haven't been on here in a while, life got busy! I'll look into those, I think I've seen them or something like them at the store.