100° Of Blood Sugar (The Absurdities Of Exercise In High Heat and Humidity)

Humidity's Effect On Blood Sugar

It’s been hot here (Oklahoma) and everywhere else. Especially hot for this early in the year. 100° is normal in August, not June. Plus, the humidity been’s flirting with Amazonian levels. Nonetheless, despite the warnings from weather people and health officials, I’ve been out on the trails (not recommending anyone try this out per se, please exercise extreme caution). A justified decision based primarily on an irrational personal desire to be outside, I’ve survived by consuming liters on liters of water out of the Camelbak, keeping Clif Bars in the pocket, searching for shade, and pounding back bananas every 30 minutes. Gotta be careful. Continue reading

Freeing Exercise From The Diabetes Chokehold: The 5 Fundamentals

Ryan Fightmaster - Type 1 Diabetes and Exercise

Oh yeah, it introduces uncertainty to our internal diabetes algorithm. But, so does coffee and most of us have found ways to incorporate that habit into our lives.

Last weekend, I enjoyed giving a presentation, The Sports Performance Guide To Diabetes, at OKC’s JDRF TypeOneNation Summit. During the talk I outlined the fundamentals that allow us to manage the uncertainty introduced by exercise, and harness the massive benefits of movement (will be outlined below). In today’s post, my thoughts are combined with what I learned from discussions with parents and other PWD. Continue reading

How We Even The Score With Our Pancreas (That SOB)

Exercise: The Great Simplifier in Diabetes Management

As a person with a type 1, we develop immunity to the supplement (cinnamon) ads and the “one food to stop eating to cure diabetes” ploys. This immunity, albeit strong, is still willing to identify things that do work on blood sugar, every time. Exercise (let’s use this under the assumption that the word exercise comes along with the idea that fun is also happening at the same time) is one of those things. It works every time. Every time.  Continue reading