I play intramural basketball at my college. It is not at all competitive, D-I or II, but I do have fun playing and would consider myself decent in relation to the rest of the school.
Normally when I exercise, working out for example, my main concern is low blood sugar, so I tend to regulate carbs and turn off my temp basal (I have a pump).
However, the main concern when playing more competitively is high blood sugar. I used to think this was a result of being overly cautious of low blood sugars thinking that its better to have 200 in the short term than 45, but I'm certain that is not the case anymore.
I try to get my blood sugars in a normal range before games or correct for it. I'll play for about 25 rigorous minutes and then take an extended break followed by another 25 minutes. In the middle of the break my sugars than rise to 260-300 this is followed by my sugars going up to 350 or higher afterwards.
I understand that it is difficult to lower sugars during exercise if they're already high, but it is incredibly, incredibly frustrating that it goes up at all.
Today for example I had 180 before playing, which. Right before playing I turn of my basal and pop two glucose tablets and sip Gatorade, no more than 12 carbs. 25 minutes later my blood sugar is at 260?! This is while I still have insulin in the background from a correction from an hours earlier when I had 215. So I add more insulin maybe a unit or so. And keep my basal when I play again. At the end it is 350, which I make a total correction for. And then 25 minutes after than my omnipod has an error which suspends insulin completely!
So my question then is should I just quit playing? This is the time my blood sugar is mostly out of whack and it is incredibly upsetting. I end up feeling like ■■■■ for the rest of the day.
I will talk to my doctor at some point but I'm incredibly hopeless that we will be able to help at all. I'm still concerned about low blood sugars more because those I feel are more easy to send me into a diabetic coma, but consistently having it in the high 300s while exercising is also pretty terrible. I genuinely do not think intramural sports are worth my long term cardiovascular health. But at the same time I do not want diabetes to dictate my life like this. I do not want it to be the reason for me to not do things. I'm had interest in doing work overseas or possibly Air Force and this is incredibly unlikely because of my condition. I'm beginning to feel that whole positive outlook and not letting diabetes define you is a complete lie.
Thank you if you've read this extended rant and I'm more than grateful to hear responses.
However, I do not think I want to hear the "hang in there!" "you can do it!" pseudo motivational rally cries. I want reason to actual believe in this.