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jnoblesjnobles Posts: 4
I have had Type 1 Diabetes for two years. As look at different post and blog and books, I do not see anything dealing with nutrition and diabetes. Would like to hear from you if you have diabetes and what you are doing with your nutrition intakes.


  • Drop me a PM, I'm sure i can help out.
    Either that or be specific about what you mean and I'll post publicly.
    I currently work as an NHS diabetes Consultant.
  • HerbsmanHerbsman Posts: 2,029
  • Herbsman wrote:

    Thank you. This is some helpful information
  • Novomix30 wrote:
    Drop me a PM, I'm sure i can help out.
    Either that or be specific about what you mean and I'll post publicly.
    I currently work as an NHS diabetes Consultant.

    One of my concerns is carb intake and how to maintain your energy and keeping your blood sugars under control at the same time. I have problems with high blood sugar. I take a 24 hr glucose shot and shots 4 times a day along with pills to manage it. That is with a sediment life style. Now I would like to know what others do to adjust to get some kind of idea of what I should look at or what I should be asking my doctor. Thank you for your help
  • OK,
    I think the best thing for you to do is get in touch with your local hospital diabetes team, do you see a specialist? If not ask your GP to refer you. You will benefit from getting involved in a carb counting programme, which will teach you how to match your insulin to carb intake and keep your sugars steady. A full programme like DAFNE or EXPERT-Insulin would also give you some great skills to deal with your diabetes. You can google these, but your local specialist diabetes team will run them.

    In general terms, depending on how good you diabetes control is, it's best to plan your exercise.
    That way you can ensure you fuel well and get your insulin right beforehand.
    If you've not done a lot of exercise in the past- and given that you say you have a sedentary lifestyle, it seems likely- the best thing is to get your diabetes under better control before you jump straight in.

    Exercise, depending on what type it is, does a variety of different things to your blood sugars.
    Short intense exercise, for example a 10 mile TT ,usually causes a slight rise, or remains steady, before a marked fall.
    A leisurely Sunday ride lasting about 2 hours at a moderate pace of 15mph will cause a gradual fall.

    You have to plan your insulin and fuel accordingly- this is hard to do on a forum.

    If you intend to ride, try and make sure your blood sugar is between 8-10 mmol/l and that you have some carbohydrate with you- energy bar for example, as well as a standard energy drink. If you're not familiar with how exercise effects your sugars, you should stop and test every hour or so until you know what does happen.
    Always take short acting insulin with you and ensure you meter tests for ketones if necessary. Just in case your sugars go high, or you overdo it on the energy drinks/bars.

    Drink, SMALL amounts of the drink regularly as you ride, maybe every 15 - 20 mins.

    The best advice you can get is face to face at a diabetes clinic - if you live in NW England, i'm happy for your GP to refer to me (you'll need to PM for details).

    Check out and
    for some excellent guidance, particularly the first link.

    get in touch if you want to know more
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