Exercising with an insulin pump.

Keep fit - and control your blood glucose levels.

Insulin needs change during exercise or whenever your activity level is higher than usual. Learning how to think and act like a pancreas is crucial to help you maintain optimal blood glucose (BG) control. Using an insulin pump offers you one of the best ways to match your insulin needs during these times. It’s important to realise that the same activity can have very different effects on BG from one person to another. There are even times when different activities can result in different effects in the same person.

Spontaneously and precisely adjust insulin levels.

In general, during increased physical activity, blood glucose levels drop and you need less insulin. This is because your body is working harder and uses up glucose for the extra fuel the muscles need.

Insulin during exercise.

In people without diabetes, the body automatically reduces the level of insulin during exercise. People with diabetes need to either adjust their insulin or eat extra food to compensate. Insulin pumpers have the luxury of being able to spontaneously and precisely adjust insulin levels.

Exercising and getting started on a pump.

When you first start on the pump, your healthcare professional and/or diabetes educator may ask you to refrain from doing exercise for a little while. This may be helpful as everyone (including you!) is working to get your basal rates on target. If you have a very consistent exercise routine, this becomes less of an issue. Check with your healthcare professional and/or diabetes educator for his or her specific recommendation.

If you want to get more information about diabetes management during sports and exercise please visit Dr Ian Gallen’s website www.runsweet.com (Animas is not responsible for the nature of the content once leaving the Animas UK & Ireland website)

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