Hey all- long-time lurker, first-time poster. Definitely appreciate the communal resources of this group, and a recent move across the country drew my attention to an issue on which I would love to get some different perspectives.
Type-1 diabetic for about 21 years. I’m 31 now. I have never been big into exercise. My interests have always just been in things that are diametrically opposed to the typical activities that are aligned with physical fitness. I’m pretty thin, and I’d say pretty out of shape.
Of course, I also realize that being physically fit is beneficially for everyone (particularly those living with diabetes), so I’ve definitely tried to remedy this issue. However, I have been frustrated by exercise’s wild effect on my numbers. I’m either dropping super low and feeling horrible during/after, or I’m spiking super high afterwards…and feeling horrible.
As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, I just moved across the country, and into an apartment on which I am on the second floor. Just the simple act of walking up steps carrying things into my new place has been shockingly difficult for me! I could only make a couple trips before feeling really weak, and checking my blood sugar revealed that I had dropped dangerously low just off relatively simple activity! I understand that it’s usually best to eat before doing anything strenuous, but I can’t exactly predict when the UPS guy is going to deliver my packages…and I can’t tell him to wait ten minutes so I can eat when he arrives, either. Is this a normal thing?
Am I especially sensitive to the effects of physical activity, and is that because I have been relatively sedentary for much of my life? Is there anything that I can do to change/improve this? And are there any good resources out there geared towards people like me (wanting to become more active, but without feeling horrible from numbers drastically sliding in both directions)?
Looking forward to hearing any insight you guys have to offer. Thank you in advance!