Chapter 5

Avoiding Exercise Glucose Extremes


check Knowing the exercise blood glucose numbers to aim for

check Monitoring for symptoms of low blood glucose

check Raising low blood glucose

check Controlling high blood glucose enough to exercise

There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of your workout and realizing that you aren’t going to be able to finish it because your blood glucose is out of whack — either too low or too high to continue. You can’t always keep this from happening to you, but you can use some tricks to avoid blood glucose extremes most of the time when you’re physically active.

In this chapter, I show you what blood glucose numbers to shoot for and how to prevent the highs and the lows. Knowing the symptoms of lows is important, and you have to modify what you’re eating or doing to treat and prevent low blood glucose during and following workouts. Running too high can be just as bad, so I also explain how to bring those extremes back into balance to keep on top of your game.

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