What I Wish I Had Always Known about Exercise and Diabetes (Continued)
Something else I wish I'd known is that exercise doesn't always make your blood sugar come down, at least not right away. When you do really intense exercise, the glucose-raising hormones that your body releases can actually raise your blood sugar somewhat instead, albeit usually only temporarily. This phenomenon in true even for people with type 1, type 1.5, type 2, and gestational diabetes, and even for anyone without diabetes. However, even if a workout raises it in the short run, over a longer period of time (2-3 hours), the residual effects of the exercise will bring your blood sugar back down while replacing the carbs in your muscles that you used. If you have to take insulin like I do, be careful to take less than normal to correct a post-workout high or your blood sugar will likely be crashing low a few hours later. If you don't take insulin, just give it some time to come back down or do a cool-down of less intense exercise (like walking) to help bring it back to normal.
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As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the benefits that made it cost-effective for me to go with the real healthcare (HSA) plan rather than the phony (HRA) plan is that my company is now covering "preventative" medicines at $0 copay. The formulary for these, as stated by CVS/Caremark (my pharmacy benefits provider), covers all test strips, lancets, and control solutions. I dutifully get my doctor to write up prescriptions for all of my testing needs, submit...