I was recently diagnosed as a borderline Type 2 Diabetic
Question for the group. I was recently diagnosed as a borderline Type 2 Diabetic. I regularly ride around 12-15 miles on any given day with a few longer rides like the MS 1550 in Dallas. Are there any others here afflicted the same way and does it change the way you ride?
I normally watch what I eat on most days to maintain a blood sugar level but on days I ride, particularly longer rides, I generally eat a lot more in the mornings, protein heavy meals. I usually feel pretty good but haven’t done anything over 30 since I was diagnosed. In a couple weeks I ramp up my training for 30 ish mile rides and beyond for the MS150 in May. Suggestions and recommendations would be great. I do not intend to be beaten.
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Being a T1, is one of the reasons I ride daily. Just don't forget to eat.
Seems like more of an issue for a type 1 diabetic? But you could keep a food diary and compare with your workout journal
A lot of it depends on how and how much you're affected, as well as your riding style. Basically just check your levels before and after rides and adjust as needed.
I am diabetic (2) and what I found is that my rides tended to cause a steep drop in levels. So I would usually treat myself to a nice carb "heavy" meal before hand. Usually french toast.
If you would like, you can PM me. I'll tell you about my struggles with diabetes. It almost too me away from here 5 months ago.
I live at lake Palestine. I have every intention to ride the Tour De Cure in Dallas this year. It's October 20
Keep riding and it may go away completely.
i have kidney disease, heart disease, and diabetes type 2 so I have to be vigilant on riding days. i do 10 to 14 miles a day 3 days a week. I prefer to ride a little empty in the stomach, but to keep from going hypoglycemic on rides, i will have a fig bar before mounting up, do my ride, then have a protein bar. Essentially I manage to stay stable on a 20gram boost of carb pre ride and then another 22gram boost of carb right after. Then I go home and make myself lunch which is usually a 4 to 6 ounce baked fish filet and a side of sauteed veggies. Between the sensible eating and the riding, i brought my A1C down from 8.0 to 6.5. I am off insulin and now take a 500mg extended release dose of Metformin once a day for management since I am on anti-rejection meds which raise my blood sugars. Even with all that, my morning fasting is under 100 and my post meals are between 130 and 165.
Recent studies show Type 2 diabetes can be reversed without medication. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320274.php
I ride every year in the Tour de Cure, a fundraiser for ADA in Northern Calif wine country. (I think they run a lot of them around the country) I don't have diabetes but a lot of the riders do. It might be a great way to connect with the community and get practical advice.
As you are testing the waters, push yourself to ride longer, but if you don't already, keep a small backpack with your glucometer and emergency sugar pills just in case. You will feel the effects of going hypoglycemic as your body pushes forward. At which time you can pull over, test your blood sugar, and treat accordingly, then jump back on the bike and keep riding. If they have you on short action insulin, carry the pen with you. I used to carry that pen with me everywhere. It saved me a couple times while offroading in the desert on long trips.
Just keep riding an be mindful of your diet. I am hypoglycemic so I make sure to have a few things in my pockets in case I am in an area where I don't have access to food.
Do you have a gluclometer? You could start checking your blood sugar and track it during training to get a better idea how it affects you
Oh and if u ride alone, consider a medical ID bracelet. If you become unresponsive it helps first responders. I wear mine since I ride alone.
My wife is back to prediabetic levels (and no more meds) after being diagnosed with type 2 and then going on the keto diet.
I have a buddy who's a red-rider and as long as he rides an hour and a half per day it keeps his symptoms and meds in line but still eats sensibly.
Try a plant-based diet
Actually you can have a bit more carbs just before a ride and get more protein after.
I have type 2. I was as heavy as 320 and have gotten down to as low as 240 in the summer time. Like most folks, the holidays and winter are hard to deal with and I usually gain a few pounds. I recommend that you test your sugar on a consistent basis and keep a record of it. After a while you will begin be able to identify high or low blood sugar by the way you feel. The exercise really helps, especially if you do it on a consistent regular basis. I started going to spin classes three times a week in winter when it can be hard to get a ride in. It is also very important to stay hydrated. I have found that a high protein/low carb diet works best for me. On long rides you should always bring something to eat. I like Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on whole wheat bread. I cut it in fourths and eat a little bit through out the ride. I also like the little mandarin oranges. They are easy peel and very tasty. I avoid energy drinks unless it is really hot. Then I cut it half and half with water. A big slug of full strength Gatorade or Powerade can really hit you in the gut. I also keep a few peppermints in my tool pouch. This will get you through a jam. The key is to learn your body and be prepared.
I'm currently boarder line diabetic also. I'm on a very low carb diet to lower my weight. I eat protein bars on my rides but you have to be careful with a lot of them. I like these. Keto Fat Protein Bar – Ketogenic Diet Snacks for Metabolism, Energy Boost & High-Performance – With MCT Oil, Cacao Butter & Organic Almond Butter – 5G Net Carbs – 12 Pack https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078MLC2TD/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_TZtzAb7R3C8MT
Stay away from energy drinks and beer and you'll be fine.
Check out Don Clum. He's for a lot of info about health & lifestyle. And just recently wrote about insulin issues & diet
Fiber(not carbon) is your friend
I am type 2. I eat a ketogenic diet. If I carb-loaded, my sugar levels would spike so high, then when I rode, it would come crashing down and that's when it can get dangerous while you're riding. I've been eating a ketogenic diet, and not only do I not have crashes, but this way of eating has also helped my lower my a1c from 10.3 to 5.6 in 6 months. If you were to take my blood test now, it wouldn't even show that I was diabetic. Just changing my diet helped me get off all diabetic meds. Load with protein, not carbs. If you eat keto for a period of time, this will no longer be an issue for you!
Type II here as well, five years since diagnosis. Up until May of 2017, I ate about the same, just less. I use PowerAde Zero on rides and have found that except for 50+ mile rides, don't need many carbs. Since last May, though, I switched to mostly Vegan (tough to give up dairy completely). Dropped my A1C from 7.5 to 6.4.
I'm a type 2 diabetic and went from a A1c @ 7.2 down to a 4.8,changing my lifestyle and getting healthy has changed my life and now no more meds I'm diet control
I don't have much experience with diabetes, but I *can* tell you that if you decide to do one of the Tour de Cure events, you'll be treated like a rock-star.
get a blood glucose testing kit. check it while riding. if you are careful with eating you can put off the progression of the disease significantly.
I went on a no carb diet for a year. It was hard at first but my body got use to it (energy levels etc) i take some carbs now.My sugar levels went back to normal. I have not had biscuits, sweets or cake for 2 years and was off the beer for 18months. I now have a beer now and then. I cycle nearly every day.
I'm type 2…for 10 years, I find that after a longish ride my BS level plummets quite nicely, as it does after a gym workout….i am careful to a certain extent with my diet
I was in the same boat as you. Was healthy most of my life and I let go, eventually it got the better of me. Cycling changed my life and I was able to reverse the type 2 diabetes. I lost 13kg and the diabetes disappeared. Never felt better
Go for longer rides, eat strict and indulge one day a week…. think of food more as fuel rather than an indulgence.
You can beat it mate !
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Type 2 diabetes is reversible. lose weight and keep exercising. I would say you need to increase the length of your rides.
Let us know how this works for you. I know someone from my high school graduation class (Class of '84) who is in this situation. I have been trying to get her to bike. I have heard some interesting stories outside of this website how people have turned back diabetes. No way am I a doctor but too many people are having success with different ailments including depression NOT to try it.
Food is everything! I've beat that recently. I am not a diabetic now I also have stepped up my riding to a level I never dreamed of…I'm also 55 years old.
I am a 58 yr old Type II in "remission". What works for me is eating low carb, unproceesed foods and a minimum of 150+ miles a week (around 13 hrs of riding) usually more (9,047 last year). If I do this, I don't have to take any meds. Results vary by individual of course…My longer rides are 50-75max. No Gatoraide, carb packets (goo), etc. Water in the bottle and an apple or bannana or a longer ride. It can be done (or at least delayed) and you will feel better!!!
Mmmm better than being diagnosed….borderline schizophrenic…lol