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Exercise and Sports

My son is 14, was diagnosed 2+ years ago, is type 1 and is growing like a weed. I have been reading many question categories for the last three hours or so and have three questions.

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I am a 47 year old male who has had type 1 diabetes for 22 years and wears a pump. I am doing well with control except during my exercise times. My blood sugar tests in the 40s or 50s mg/dl [2.2 or 2.8 mmol/L] after the exercise and then will often rise without additional food. How can I level out these lows and prevent the highs following exercise?

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My seven year old daughter has had type 1 diabetes since she was three years old and wants to be a squash champion. Can she be a squash champion, which requires a lot of training and physical effort? What are the precautions to take?

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My 14 year old daughter, who has type 1 diabetes and uses a pump, is a cheerleader, and her coach told her that she couldn’t fly (FLY – sport where cheerleaders do basket tosses, pop-flies, are held up in the air by other cheerleaders called bases) because she is worried my daughter’s infusion set might come out even though my daughter disconnects from her pump during workout. We feel that she should be able to fly as long as she checks her blood sugar before and after practice.

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My brother, aged 14, has Type 1 diabetes. I was curious about a possible cause from a virus. What can we do to replace his exercise so that his sugars stay normal?

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My niece is 16 years old and has had type 1 diabetes for 10 years. She maintains good control, but does occasionally experience, but not immediately recognize, “lows.”

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My child is having high blood glucose levels due to lack of exercise in school. Recess time has been reduced and frequently substituted with board games or seat work. Do you have any recommendations as to the amount, frequency, and type of exercise an eight year old should have during a school day?

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Our 13 year old son, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes about 10 months ago, during a recent ski vacation, had some real problems with lows. I have several questions.

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My 12 year old daughter, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes almost a year ago, is very active in sports, and I would like advice on how to keep her doing well during sports so she can keep active. Does anyone have any “helpful hints” for maintaining glucose levels during strenuous activity?

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I have type 2 diabetes, my blood sugar is in control with a low carb diet and oral medication, and I am a strong backpacker/hiker. if I Should I take any special precautions while hiking at higher elevations in the Colorado Rockies next week?

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