Amy McKinnon now runs longer, feels better and keeps her blood glucose in range

I’ve been quite lucky and able to manage my diabetes quite well over the years, but I have always struggled with managing my blood sugar levels whilst exercising.

I would usually exercise in the early evening after work. To prepare for exercise I would lower my lunchtime bolus dose and an hour to 30 minutes before exercise I would eat between 30-45g of carbs to get my sugar levels around 15mmol/L. I would never feel comfortable exercising with sugar levels below 12 with the fear that they would go low.

Amy McKinnon 2012 City 2 Surf

My name is Amy. I’m 24 years old and have had diabetes for 12 years.

Earlier this year I decided I needed to take action – so I worked my way through the ext1d modules. After two weeks I’d completed all modules and gained some really useful information on how you can exercise and maintain good sugar levels at the same time.

During my runs I would generally get quite tired and find it hard to run any further than 8kms at one time. I also wouldn’t eat any sugar during my runs (unless I felt they were low) and wouldn’t test my sugar levels either.
Normally after exercise my sugar levels would be around 15mmol/L and sometimes higher.

Once I started on an insulin pump a few months ago, my diabetes educator knew I struggled with maintaining good sugar levels whilst exercising. She recommended I visit ext1d.com.au.

Earlier this year I decided I needed to take action – so I worked my way through the ext1d modules. After two weeks I’d completed all modules and gained some really useful information on how you can exercise and maintain good sugar levels at the same time.

Since then I have gone on about 5-6 runs. Each time I have started my run with sugar levels around 8-9mmol/L and finishing my runs between 5-9mmol/L.
I now drink Gatorade during my run and used the dashboard to help calculate how much I will need for the distance I anticipate running. The dashboard is really useful!!

The outcome - I have been able to run longer distances (managed 13km without stopping) and feel energetic and great during my runs.
And for the first time in 12 years – my sugar levels have stayed within range before, during and after my runs.

I am now training for a half marathon in May and am confident and excited that I will be able to do it with control of my diabetes at the same time.

Amy has since completed her first half-marathon - Well done Amy!

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