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Exercise and Sports

My daughter, 12 years old, has Type 1 diabetes. She plays basketball with a highly competitive league. We were thinking of giving her an insulin shot of Humalog at 3 P.M. and having her eat dinner then.

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A recent article in a local newspaper linked diabetes with the effects of heat and humidity. Is this a valid concern for Juvenile Diabetics — especially in the South? School began in early August, we have concerns with outdoor physical education classes.

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I am 20 years old, have had type 1 diabetes for four and a half years, and I am currently training to run a marathon. How often is it necessary to eat/drink on long runs to keep my blood sugar up? Can you recommend any specific sports bars, gels, or drinks that would be the most effective?

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My 14 year old son, who has had type 1 diabetes for five years and has been on an insulin pump for two years, will be playing football. How can he play football and still use the pump? Will he have to go back to injections during the football season, since it is a rough sport and his infusion set will probably be knocked off daily? Maybe he could wear the pump at night (insert it after practice is over) and take injections during the day?

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My 16 year son was diagnosed 1 month ago. He is just starting wrestling and wants to drop weight. He is skipping lunch and just not taking a dose of Humalog. He is also exercising excessively. So far his sugars are in the 70-100 range. How long until he runs into problems?

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I am a 55 year old male with a 12 year history of Type 2 diabetes. I experience a lot of lows, the only downside to which, I understand, is increasingly reduced sensitivity to same. Is there anything besides not having lows that will slow or minimize reduction in sensitivity to lows?

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My 21 year old son, who has had type 1 diabetes since age 12, wants to go back to weight lifting and wants to start taking protein supplements to improve muscle building. Are they safe? I’m afraid he will do kidney damage.

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I am a 34 year old female with type 1 diabetes who has started weightlifting, with a goal of possibly becoming a body builder. I wear an insulin pump, use Humalog, and have no complications. I would like more information on whether it is safe to take some of the “bodybuilding supplements.”

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A friend who has type 1 diabetes and is on a regimen of lispro at meals with Insulatard at bedtime wants to swim the English Channel, but previous stamina swims have resulted in hypoglycaemia with hypothermia and a ketotic smelling breath. Will he need smaller doses of lispro throughout the swim?

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My eight old son, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes about seven months ago and on twice daily NPH insulin is consistently hypoglycemic within one hour of taking the insulin even after a meal, although he does have elevated sugars. I am wondering if this insulin is causing not only the lows but the high sugar levels.

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