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Sat Oct 13 23:40:32 EDT 2012

I find it very difficult to test often trying to be active. Hv trouble taking testing supplies with me Hv small cooler .take lot of time suggestions
Asked By: aapdavis  

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2012-10-25 15:33:38.0

Dear aapdavis,

Monitoring your blood glucose levels while you are active can be challenging, but it is doable. How often you may need to monitor varies with the activity. Since you did not mention what type of physical activity you are finding challenging, I will just make some general recommendations. I would suggest that you wear a small fanny pack/waist pouch into which you can place your meter, some extra strips, some glucose tablets (or other rapid-acting carbohydrate) to treat hypoglycemia, and a more substantial snack (like a Power bar or cheese crackers) to eat if necessary.

Once you have been doing an activity for a while, you can usually get by with checking less often--such as before and after and not necessarily during exercise--since you will have some practice with making adjustments in your food and insulin (assuming you take that) before, during, and after exercise.

I agree with the other expert that it is also important to let others know that you have diabetes and how they may be able to tell if your blood glucose is getting too low and how to help you treat it. Also carry a cell phone with you whenever you exercise in case you need to call for backup.

Most importantly, keep exercising for better health and enjoy it!
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2012-10-25 07:55:35.0

Hello aapdavis
Thank you for bringing your concern to dLife. Yes, Diabetics do need to be prepared for changes in their glucose levels especially when exercising or being very active. You should have you glucometer, strips and lancets. You should have a source of fast acting carbohydrates. You should have water. And you should wear a medic alert bracelet or necklace. You should tell your exercise buddy what to do if you show signs and symptoms of low glucose levels. I know this sounds like a lot of things to take with you and a lot of preparation but-safety first!

I suggest you visit the dLife Forums to ask peers how they handle taking their testing supplies with them while exercising. They may have some good tips. Go to Forums.

Answered By: Rita Juray
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2012-10-29 09:16:35.0

I've been living with insulin-dependent diabetes for 46 years, so I consider myself an expert!Get one of the very small meters available,and put it into whatever you're using as your schlep bag! Meters do not need to be, nor should they be,stored in a cooler! Before Medisense dropped it,I loved the Precision Pen: it was literally the size of a BIC pen,though the readout was tiny.The most accurate and lightweight meter I've found currently on the market is the ARKRAY Glucocard-01 Mini, which comes in a carrying case that will hold a vial of strips, a lancet device, and lancets and still fit into a jacket pocket.The lancet device that comes with it is crap: replace it with a SofTouch or a Delica.I strongly suggest that you cut a paper towel into little squares to use as wipes on your fingers.You can then keep all your testing trash in the case until you get home and can dispose of it safely.If you can't afford to pay out of pocket for the Glucocard (ARKRAY has an offer for a starter kit on the dLife site!)and all your insurance will cover is a OneTouch,get a OneTouch Ultra Mini. It's not as compact as the Glucocard, but a lot smaller than any other LifeScan meter. RiteAid markets an even tinier set called the True2Go, which is actually a disposable meter: the meter is the cap on the vial of strips. You still have to get a lancet device and lancets, and have to come up with your own case. Its accuracy is comparable to OneTouch Ultra. The True2Go is a sealed unit, and its battery lasts for about 50 tests; the meter and vial of strips is $10 or less.I've used a kid's pencil case to carry a True2Go, an AutoLancet and lancets, and wipes, and even a baggie for the trash.I suspect that you are feeling shy about testing in public: Non illegitimus carborundum to that! You do what you need to do when and where you need to!Be courteous and take your trash home.I've used a fanny pack for my meter AND insulin pens and a Junior Juice at the Bay-to-Breakers;that's pretty active!
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