Why so low?
13 August, 2012 in Living with diabetes
Iâ€™ve been low for days, this means its time for another diabetic brainstorm. I was thinking that through the power of osmosis, the athletes I was watching on the Olympics were absorbing my excess glucose from me via the TV and using it to power their own medal winning performances. But that couldnâ€™t be right, because I was going low, but not getting thin, and surely they couldnâ€™t steal my glucose without me losing a few pounds in the process. Sadly that hasnâ€™t happened.
I reduced my boluses.
Then I wondered if my weekly swimming session had reduced my insulin resistance to a level where I needed to massively reduce my doses. Afterall, I had been watching what the medal winning swimmers did and tried to incorporate some of their techniques into my own amateur style. Given I could barely get out of bed after trying this, I concluded that their method may be more efficient, but mine hurts less. So any potential glucose benefits of swimming a bit harder were definitely offset by not being able to walk for days afterwards.
I reduced my basal rates.
And then I looked at my clothes. I wasnâ€™t wearing many. And havenâ€™t been for a few days. Summer has finally arrived! Itâ€™s warm, and insulin requirements are down as a result. If only the weather forecaster had a little syringe symbol to stick on his map when things start to warm up, I wouldnâ€™t need to remember this stuff myself.