So the 10km training is going well. Getting some runs in, checking my sugars every 15 minutes and just trying to log some miles right now. Thankfully, the honeymoon is again making everything stupid easy right now, so I really can’t complain! Well, except for the running part. Still don’t like it, but hoping I hit my groove soon!
I’ve been poring over all of my exercise physiology notes and textbooks to try to wrap my head about the energy systems and which ones use carbohydrate as fuel. I have a background in it and it makes my head hurt, I can’t imagine if I didn’t know anything about it! However, I have no experience balancing aerobic activity and diabetes. So I reached out. I’ve been going on information and help from both Scully and Celine. Celine comes with a lot of details which pleases my nerdy little brain! These women are amazing, they do marathons and triathlons and all sorts of awesome stuff! So check em out!
One reason I started reaching out to the DOC about this is that my diabetes care team couldn’t tell me much about what to do when exercising. They could only give me general guidelines, nothing specific or any strategies to try. And that was only pertaining to aerobic activity. They had pretty much zero information about weight training.
With all the information out there about how exercise has such a positive effect on diabetes (especially Type 2) it amazes me that diabetes education centres do not have exercise specialists on staff. Don’t get me wrong, the people there are absolutely amazing and phenomenal. But exercise isn’t necessarily something that they specialize in, which is really unfortunate. I think that a care team including an exercise professional could really benefit a lot of people, not just by encouraging people to work out, but to help keep them accountable too. Diabetics have access to dieticians, nurses, foot specialists and all sorts of others depending on their disease and what complications (if any) that they have. And yet they have to pay to have someone to consult with them about exercise? And even then there’s no guarantee that they have the knowledge to work with someone with diabetes. Doesn’t seem quite right to me.