Re: Diabetes and bicycle touring
Originally Posted by reflecto
I am Canadian and I am type 2 diabetic. I am wondering how I should eat while touring. At present I am told by my nurse and dietitician to eat every 4 hours time and no eating in between four hours each and every day. So, while touring, i know it is very important to eat regularly before you feel hungry. What do diabetic cyclists do while touring long distances? Do they eat more often than 4 hours time and how will eating more often affect blood sugar levels?? Thank you. :-)
I'd carry some B&D Glucose tabs as well, just incase of a hard bonk on the blood sugars, whether you are diet, oral or insulin injection regulated. I'm diet regulated Type II and I carry them for emergency. I take in about 200 kcals/hr on a long ride, either through a maltodextrin based sport drink or Clif Bar or both. With the energy expenditure I have that keeps me fairly well balanced, at an average blood sugar of 72-103. You need to monitor your sugars carefully and learn the early symptoms of both high and low blood sugar events so you can catch them before they hit a crisis point.
Good luck and remember, when it's really hot, the sugars can really get whacked!
The data you gather willhelp you plan according to your needs, so the study you'll be doing is IMPORTANT!