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Old 10-24-2011, 05:46 AM   #1
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Should I exercise with numbers this high?

As I stated in another thread, I had a blood glucose lab test over two weeks ago with a result of 289. I've since bought a home glucose monitor and most before and after meal readings have been in the 300s and 400s. My fasting readings first thing in the morning have been 360, 289, 244, and 332.

Yesterday, thinking that getting some exercise might lower my blood sugar, I went for a 1.6 mile walk. It did lower my BS from 440 to 372, though much of that drop could have been simply the extra hour that had passed since my last meal. Those readings would have been taken approximately 2 hours and 3 hours after breakfast.

I also scrubbed the moss off the deck for about an hour yesterday afternoon, which gave additional physical exercise.

But now I'm reading that it could be dangerous for some people to exercise when their readings are very high. But how do I know if I fall in that category? I do sometimes get minor pain in my lower back, possibly kidney pain, but that is not related to exercise. And sometimes my head feels a little weird. Not what I'd call pain. Not lightheaded. Just slightly weird. Minor pressure would probably be the closest I could come to describing it. But I certainly don't feel in danger of passing out or anything.

So what would you do? Exercise or not?

(Female age 70. Not overweight. Uncontrolled hypertension with post-prandial hypotension - my blood pressure soars when fasting and drops 20-50 points when I eat, especially carbs. So until this glucose problem I've solved the blood pressure problem by eating small amounts every couple of hours.)

 
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Re: Should I exercise with numbers this high?

They do say that you should not do vigorous exercise when your glucose is above 250. You run the risk of dehydration and dka. I think that a mild walk would be ok and you especially need to hydrate. I would definitely keep an eye on the bp at this time too.
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Old 10-24-2011, 01:45 PM   #3
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Re: Should I exercise with numbers this high?

I think that's exactly what I'll do - take a "normal" walk, but postpone some of the home projects I'd planned that would have involved heavy exertion. And I'll try to remember to take my cell phone with me on my walk in the event I do run into trouble, which is something I seem to forget most of the time.

 
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