If you’ve been following my instagram, you may have heard about how I just got a new job and that I am fortunate enough to be able to bike to and from work. It takes me about 25-30 minutes each way, and it’s mostly flat! …thank goodness. I am not pressured to be on time, and I’m also not biking super fast. If anything I’m pretty slow.
So what the heck is up with my blood sugars??
I cannot figure out how best to control my blood sugars for the quick ride to and from work. Side note: this doesn’t happen when I ride bike into the city, a comparable 15-20 minute ride OR when I go for runs.
Here are three examples from my five-day work week.
At least I don’t over treat my lows!
I once started at a solid and level 121, and when I got home I was 44. Thankfully I made it home.
I also started at a nice 142, and ended at 60. AGAIN, thankfully I got home.
This one I also find crazy, starting at 207 (oops) and ending at a nice 87. This one I’m definitely okay with, minus the high BG, but ending at 87 is nice. However, it is still a HUGE drop.
In all situations I suspended my pump during the duration of my bike ride. It just seems like no matter what, I drop at least 80 mg/dl. I will start eating 5+ grams of carbs before I begin to see if that helps too.
For me these are all scary situations, as I am losing my ability to feel low blood sugars. I really only begin to notice I feel strange in the low 40’s. By that time, I need to act quickly.
I see my endocrinologist on Tuesday, so I look forward to addressing this biking problem as well as providing need for a CGM. No longer feeling my lows has made me extra “angsty”. …(a German word that I cannot find a better replacement for, sort of like scared but with some agitation involved).
Ugh, here’s to finding a solution soon!
p.s. I use the app MySugr for logging all my meals, blood sugars, and activities.