As a kid, I developed a really terrible case of asthma (I blame this on my father moving us from Santa Cruz, CA to a town in the middle of Washington State). I had bronchitis one day, and then BOOM! Asthma. I went from being a super-fast sprinter to the kid who hobbled around the track, wheezing and clutching a white inhaler.
The asthma has gotten remarkably better over the years - I haven't been hospitalized with it since I was 13, so that's good. I haven't had a true asthma attack for a long time, and I only take my inhaler before going for a run.
Recently, I was having a problem with high blood sugars after exercising. I asked several of my doctors, and none of them had any idea what could be causing it. We ran a bevy of tests, and I have a decent A1C (5.1), and no signs of Type 1 diabetes forming. But whenever I go for a run, or go to the gym, my blood sugar bumps up to 220 and stays there for a couple of hours.
I ran this info by my MA from my bariatric program - he was fluxommed, too, but called me back a couple of days later and told me that he had been chatting with an endo about my case, and the endo had posited that perhaps my asthma meds had contributed to higher blood sugar levels.
I started looking into it, and the side effect is casually mentioned on a few web sitse; albuterol can cause the liver to dump glucose into the bloodstream - but NO ONE had ever asked me about it before. Are there any other asthmatic diabetics out there who have had a problem with higher BG after exercising with albuterol?
I'm afraid to try exercising without the albuterol, but it might be the only way to find out if it makes a difference.