Friday, February 24, 2006

My Treadmill Hates Me

Well, I guess it doesn't really hate ME, I think it has a problem with my diabetes.

See, I bought this really cool treadmill last month. It's a spiffy model—it features a variable incline and speed, counts the calories you've burned and measures the miles you've walked, tells you what your heart rate is, counts your steps, there's even a workout fan in the console. Lot of good that does me; I'm so short the air just barely ruffles the top of my hair. Sill, it's a pretty neat machine and I like it. It, however, does not like me.

Which brings me back to the diabetes thing. No matter what I try, I just can't get my blood sugars to cooperate with my walking plan! I've tried walking after lunch; insulin reaction. I tried eating a big sugar-laden snack before walking, thinking that maybe if I drive my blood sugar up, the exercise will bring it down to a reasonable level and everything will even out; insulin reaction. One day I thought I had managed to avoid any problems, but no. The reaction hit at 2:30 in the morning. There's just something unfair about being awakened from a dead sleep and having to drag yourself into the kitchen to get something to eat. But when your blood sugar tests something cute like 47, you have no choice.

On a related note, my daughter has the same trouble with her exercise routine. She's also insulin dependent (don't let anybody tell you that diabetes 'skips a generation.' That's a big, fat lie.). She doesn't have a treadmill, but likes to do Pilates. She ends up with the same insulin reaction annoyances that hit me. Or course, she also has three kids that keep her hopping, so that may have something to do with her blood sugars.

Anyway, I guess this is really just a rant about one of the aggravations of living with insulin dependent diabetes. Diabetics should get some form of regular exercise. It helps keep us in shape, helps control blood sugars, and is a low-impact exercise that almost anyone can do. I just wish somebody would tell our (MY) blood sugars that this is for our own good.

My next blog entry will be more cheerful, I promise. 'Til next time, be happy, be safe, be healthy!


Dawno said...

I had no idea that exercise would cause such problems. I have a dear friend who used to be a local Diabetes Assoc. director before high tech lured him into the corporate world - I'll be asking him if he's heard of anything helpful - although I bet you've done your homework and I can't share anything you don't already know...

Interesting thing - the SO and I were just talking about getting a tredmill! He's going to start researching models and I hope we'll have one soon - my doc has prescribed 30 minutes of walking per day.

Mac said...

yes...but what about the PARROTS?

Not to sound insensitive. :)

Unique said...

geez, Anne, what a pain that must be (a good excuse for a mini-frige in the bedroom tho-)

Have you tried Tai Chi for exercise? How fast are you walking, anyway? Are you doing the Southern Stroll or the Yankee Get Out of My Way, Slowpoke?

good luck in finding something that works for you.

doc-t said...

What is this about parrots? I want to know about the parrots!

About this insulin reaction...

Shouldnt your husband be the one getting out of bed and getting you something to eat???? Clearly you need to train him better. Although, it might be too late for that...

CAn you not keep fruit by the side of the bed? I've heard food can be sexy... you never know...

About these insulin reactions and the treadmil, perhaps if you start a routine... Same time each day, same duration... but start slow. five minutes. get your body use to that five minutes of treadmill thirty minutes after lunch. Then increase.

It does make sense. You're body is using glucose to walk the treadmill, and you can't get your pancreas (beta cells) to cooperate and send out signals to release more glucose into the blood streams.

Can you just plan on eating an orange or some grapes imediately after your work out?

I realize you may have heard all this before... but as they say, free advice is ussually worth what you pay for it...

I wish you well!

Joanne D. Kiggins said...

Keeping blood glucose levels within a safe range is difficult, Anne. Keep working with the treadmill, though, it may be that your body needs to adjust to this new form of exercise and it may level out after a few weeks. Just as the body needs to adjust to different medications. **shrugs**

I have a devil of a time keeping Mom's levels within range. The only person using her tredmill is me. But at 82, it wouldn't be safe for her even on low speed. :D

Dawno said...

Hey, Anne - your link is the second favorite one linked from on my blog! Congrats! :-)

Kira said...

Hi Anne!

Exercise is the devil--you're just more proof. I hope you can get your blood sugar to cooperate.

Anne C. Watkins said...

Dawno: You'll like a treadmill. I walk outside when the weather is nice but I have such awful allergies that sometimes I can't go out. It's also great for bad weather. Helpful hint: watch something good on TV or listen to music you like when you're treadmilling. The time will go by much faster. :) (thanks for mentioning your friend--I'd love to hear any ideas he could toss my way!)

Mac: Be careful what you wish for--you just might get it. rofl!

Unique: I usually start out at 1.5 mph, then gradually increase to 2 mph. I try to walk 30 minutes a day, at least a mile when possible. Do you Tai Chai? I've never tried. Maybe I should look into it. Thanks. :)

doc-T: See my response to Mac re: parrots. :D

Re: insulin reactions/treadmill. The same time every day thing sounds good. I've been trying to hit around 1:00 in the afternoon, after lunch, for the whole 30 minutes. Maybe I should do 15 minutes in the morning and 15 in the afternoon? Would breaking it up help? Something to think about...and I'll tell my husband what you said. Yeah, he should be getting up to bring me food! :D Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

Joanne: Your mom probably shouldn't treadmill unless you're strapped to her. :D

I'm trying not to get discouraged--gotta keep moving!

Kira: You're so right about exercise! :D

Dawno: Wow!! Really? That's so cool!!! :D :D