Been having SO much trouble regulating bs’s (blood sugar) because of EXTREME variation in insulin sensitivity and exercise sensitivity (will post more about it in another Q b/c I need help) but one thought I had is that I haven’t been exercising pretty much at ALL in the last yr or so due to EXTREME glucose drops I can get from even a small amount of exercise (like 5-15 minutes SLOW walking like in a store, which is just required for like ‘daily living’? And prob wouldn’t even be considered ‘exercise’). I got to where I couldn’t take pretty much any insulin at all (still this way) and exercise without seeing these drops (up to 50 pts/MINUTE! Yes, MINUTE!! ) so I all but stopped exercising, even walking like in a store. In the last week or two, have been 'walking ’ more in a day, and now ‘knowing’ what ‘exercise’/walking can do , have been taking SO much less and eating way more. Now due to the extreme swings, (that my Endo can’t even explain and is really not much help), in past, perhaps I was still taking too much even though I’d lessened my insulin. So in last wk or two, I’ve been taking less and STILL, hrs later, bs was about the same, if not a tad lower. I have to ‘experiment’ with what DOES what to bs’s , before I can even try to let them get to a ‘good’ place…but even a ‘better place’ would be good… but there is NO CONSISTENT THING EVER.
So could it be that since I’m SO not used to ANY exercise pretty much, now that i’ve been getting even 10-15 min’s walk, this could be like shocking my system since I’m so ‘out of shape’? For example , my insulin:carb ration is set at 1u:5g and correction of 1u:25 pts…I usually eat no more than 35ish grams carbs/meal and split dose cuz it can be fattening and this still isn’t enough…bs’s are usually higher later…BUT, for example, yesterday i walked up many stairs (maybe 2 min’s of walking, and around my dr’s office for about 15 mins total) and ate about 100 grams carbs total…Since the stairs were huge I knew it was intense exercise so I get SCARED out of my mind to take even any insulin…now for 90 grams at 1u:5g (say minus 10 grams to cover walk) so 90grams, would’ve been 18 units for the food, plus say 4 for my bs ‘correction’, so 22 units total?! I ended up taking 3 UNITS total just to see what it did, and later on, my bs was like the SAME, if not 30 pts lower! SOO… does that mean 3 units covered 90 grams carbs which equals out to 1u:30 grams!!! It seems YES b/c I’ve tried this before, where I exericse/walk (last time it was for 45 mins slow walk, and took 4 units for 55 grams, WITH half basal, and later my bs was STILL 100 pts lower!! …Soo see how then just the insulin:carb ration jumps SOO MUCH? If I took what I 'should’ve" plus correction, I’d not be typing here now…Or even just taking the 1u:5g…Then the ‘exercise’ effects carries over for about 20 hrs for me so I THEN have to be hypervigilant about taking less for the next whole day…But on days I get no exercise, like around house, 1u:5g is what I do…Is it becasue I’m so not used to exercising??
This is SO scary and have NO IDEA what to take/do but I know if i listened to my nurse educator on what to take, I’d not be here …AND now I don’t have my CGM anymore (insurance denied it b/c I’m not ‘doing good’!! :()…The CGM has saved my LIFE and I NEED IT FOR DAILY LIVING…Anyone else have any experience like this???
I look at people exercising heavily and eating regularly and want to cry because NOTHING i do works and if it does, will have a completely different result the next time…I feel sick to my stomach with fear, anxiety and stress and don’t want to get out of bed…The swings have been so traumatic, I must have major ptsd now and don’t know waht to do… Thanks for your time, wheww!!