Adjusting Insulin for Exercise

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Overview

As a general rule there are 4 options for preventing hypoglycaemia and trying to stabilise blood sugar during exercise.

These are:

 

-Take in extra carbohydrates to match the amount used up during exercise (see ExCarbs)

-Decrease the amount of insulin taken with the meal before the exercise (see adjusting meal time insulin)

-Decrease the basal insulin that is active during exercise (see adjusting basal insulin)

-A combination of the 3 above (see combination method)

 

 

The trick is to work out which is best for you depending on what method of insulin delivery you have, what time you are exercising after a meal and whether you are trying to lose weight too!