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Offline timothy

biketouring with diabetes
« on: May 18, 2006, 03:30:39 pm »
i need to now and if i can i biketour with diabetes
and i need info on this?. and i have a blood glucose meter to test blood suger and on meds too.
and is it ok biketour with diabetes.
so let me now.

thank you

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Offline bikecase

biketouring with diabetes
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2006, 04:43:26 pm »
Sure you can!  Diabtes isnt a sentence its a disease.  I am assuming that the meds you are talking about are oral and not insulin? I have been on many tours since being diagnosed.  I just remember to check my blood sugars and take my medicine daily.  I also watch ahat I eat just like I would if I wasnt on tour.

Offline Toml

biketouring with diabetes
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2006, 05:27:22 pm »
A friend of mine will be a member of Team Type 1 in the Race Across America this summer.  More here:  

Offline Beep!Beep!

biketouring with diabetes
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2006, 10:35:37 am »
E-mail as I'm a Diabol [diabetic] too on four jabs a day so can make a few suggestions if you want to talk. My main problems is those 'Hippo's' that can trample you real bad!Richard

Offline RussellSeaton

biketouring with diabetes
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2006, 12:40:04 pm »
I will assume you are talking about Type 1, juvenile onset diabetes.  Not the increasingly common in the western hemisphere Type II, adult onset diabetes.  Both have the name diabetes, but are completely unrelated diseases.

Main points.  1. Be reasonably healthy, other than the diabetes, before starting a tour.  Follow a diet plan, keep blood glucose measurements within a decent range.  Etc.  Adding the physical exertion of long bike rides to a body that is on the edge is not advisable.  2. Use a blood glucose monitor while riding. Stop every hour or two and test. There are many very compact ones available. 3. Carry emergency food/glucose with you for the times your blood glucose is too low. 4. Reduce your insulin levels. Most likely your basal insulin will need to be cut a fair amount if you are going on an extended bike tour of a week or more. Insulin taken with food will also likely need to be reduced due to the body's metabolism, etc. using glucose without as much insulin needed. 5. Monitor blood glucose after the ride is over. It is very, very common for glucose levels to drop considerably in the hours after exercise is over.  Even after eating a large supper, glucose levels can drop considerably in the middle of the night.  6. Build up to a long tour by riding lots now.  Discover how your body reacts and how much food, insulin, etc. are needed to keep glucose levels in a normal range. Its a learning experience. 7. At my public library they have a book titled something like diabetes and extreme sports. Extreme sports being ultra distance runners and cyclists mainly.  Something you do for 12-24 or more hours continously. It talks about adjustments to insulin levels.

Offline Styx

biketouring with diabetes
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2006, 08:44:22 am »
I am a diabetic and take 2 types of insulin and metformin/glucophage pills. Lantus once a day and novolog before meals and as needed. The insulin will
last 28+ days if not heated above 86F. If you plan to be riding regularly in higher temperature keep your insulin in a full water bottle which should be the last one you use and the first refilled when cool water is handy. If needed, keep a needle with insulin ready to go in a waterproof pack inside a water bottle.

Also, carry some supplies for low sugar and eat and snack regularly while riding. Keep the meter handy.

Last year I rode 12,000 miles and did quit a bit of loaded touring with absolutely no problems including riding in 110+ degree heart in Western Washington on the Lewis and Clark route.

Offline RussellSeaton

biketouring with diabetes
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2006, 12:16:49 pm »
"If needed, keep a needle with insulin ready to go in a waterproof pack inside a water bottle."

Why?  You only need to take insulin before eating or if blood glucose levels are high.  Being HYPERglycemic causes debilitating problems gradually.  You have a considerable time, hours to days, to feel the onset of its effects and take action.  Saving 30 seconds by not having to draw up Humalog or Novolog out of a vial with a syringe is inconsequential.  Being HYPERglycemic only causes unconsciousness after a prolonged period.  Its not an acute problem.

Being HYPOglycemic is an acute problem.  Having a Glucagon kit ready would be useful if traveling with others.  But not drawn up into the syringe since it has to be mixed at time of use.  And has to be mixed and given by someone else since by the time you need the Glucagon solution, the diabetic is unable to administer it.  GU gel packets are fast acting and maybe the easiest to use by the diabetic himself when HYPOglycemic.