Last Friday, I started a modest workout plan at my local YMCA through their "PFP (Personal Fitness Program) that’s designed for people who haven’t worked out in a long time if ever. It started with a fitness assessment and a meeting with a trainer to set up a weekly workout. Each week, I’ll meet with the trainer again to adjust my workouts.
On Tuesday, I switched from Humalog to Novalog in my OmniPod (because the copays are so different that I’ll save over $600/year under my new insurance plan). I’d read that Novalog acts faster than Humalog and that it’s likely to need less Novalog, too.
I changed my basal rate by decreasing it 25% when I switched to Novalog last night (Tuesday). This morning, I woke up at 216 (usually at 90 when on Humalog). I gave myself a correction bolus (which I did not change when I switched to Novalog) and then ate my breakfast, using my new IC ratio. About 45 minutes after eating, I went to the Y for my workout. Right now the workout is 5 minutes on the exercise bike, 20 minutes on the treadmill, and as long as I can on the elliptical (so far, one minute!) plus some stretching at the end.
When I got home about 45 minutes after the workout, my BG was 50.
My diabetes educator said to decrease my basal rate by 25% when I exercise and keep it there for two hours afterwards. I didn’t do that this time because I wanted to see what would happen with the change to Novalog.
Based on your experiences, do you think it was the correction bolus (since I hadn’t adjusted the correction factor) or the fact that I didn’t decrease the basal rate?
I know, I know. I need to keep testing my BG and I will. Just hoping that I can benefit from your experiences and wisdom, too.