I am having an impossible time figuring out the factors I need to consider when I get ready to work out and not having any low blood sugars!
I have an Animas 2020 and I’m assuming most pumps have the feature that mine has, as far as the ability to set a temporary basal so you don’t go low during activites. My question is - what are your “guidelines” for how to set your basal during workouts?
If I test before my workout, and my pump tells me to bolus - do I bolus the amount and hope I don’t go low? Or do I bolus the amount and then reduce my basal? If so, how what percentage do I lower my basal? And for how many hours? What if I want to work out spontaneously and not at a set hour? I ask that because I was told to begin reducing my basal rate at least 1/2 an hour before I work out - is this what you practice??
As you can see, I am totally confused on this. Today, my bs was 199 before I went to a 45 minute class and I took the recommended bolus, minus 1 unit because I didn’t want to go low. I begin my workout and 1/2 way into I tested - I was 299! This was very discouraging and I don’t know what to do.
I am waiting to speak with my educator next week, but in the meatime, I just wanted some feedback on what YOU, loyal question-reader, would do. Thanks!