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Eating Carbs Before Exercising May Help Stabilize Your Blood Sugar!

Diabetes is one of the leading deadly diseases in the world. It comes when our body (specifically the insulin hormone) isn’t able to regulate our blood sugar levels. While exercising is recommended by doctors to help normalize your blood sugar, they advise you to eat these foods first before undergoing intense physical activities like swimming, running, walking, and even intimacy.

At least, that’s what Dr. David Cavan wrote in his new book, Take Control of Type 1 Diabetes. He says that intimacy brings a risk of hypoglycemia, also known as low blood sugar levels. He further states that type 1 Diabetes is the third partner in an intimate episode, and it needs to be treated properly and with respect by both of the other participants in the encounter. Diabetes.co.uk said both types 1 and 2 diabetes sufferers should have some specific precautions to assist in maintaining their blood sugar levels during exercise.

Dr. Cavan wrote that getting a supply of carbohydrates near your bedside to ingest before, during or afterward is a splendid idea.

Eating Before Exertion

They recommend eating a carb-filled snack prior to exercise so that you can maintain sugar levels. You should also eat some extra-carbohydrate snacks if you want to do either long duration or maybe a high-intensity activity. This includes football, hiking, biking or skating. The website recommends ingesting a fast-acting carbohydrate food. Something like a glucose tablet with you when exercising, and if blood sugar levels drop too low you should get these to help restore the original levels. Failing to take the proper precautions before high-intensity exercise, such as intimacy, can cause blood sugar levels to drop too low.

This can lead to damage to vital organs and can even cause seizures, rapid heartbeat, clammy skin, and fainting. The condition, which is known as hypoglycemia, can also cause damage to reproductive organs. According to Dr. David Cavan, intimacy is one of the bodily functions that can easily be affected by nerve damage caused by blood sugar levels.

Even though erectile dysfunction, also known as ED, is well known as a resulting complication due to diabetes in men, it is much less recognized that women can also experience intimate problems.

According to Healthline, you should eat good carbohydrate snacks like almonds, nuts, roasted chickpeas, wholegrain crackers, and cheese. You should eat a balanced snack that is loaded with nutrients and high in fiber, healthy snacks, and protein to promote overall health and well-being. Incorporating different foods into your diet and varying them can also help stabilize your blood sugar. And according to the nutritionist Juliette Kellow and Dr. Sarah Brewer, putting onions and garlic on your recipe can also help lower down your sugar levels,  especially with those who are naturally resistant to insulin.

Monitoring Sugar Levels

Diabetes type 1 sufferers need to test their sugar levels at least four times a day. However, with the new and innovative technology NHS is currently testing out, they hope it could help the patients to monitor their blood sugar levels in real-time, with only a few minutes interval.  With the help of Continuous Glucose Monitoring devices (CGMs), the Diabetic patients can now monitor their blood sugar in a regular basis and relay the information to their phones and send it to their attending physicians. The transmission is made possible with the help of Dexcom G6 is one device which is a slim sensor inserted beneath the patient’s skin. They don’t have to suffer being prickled every single time just to have their blood sugars checked.  

However, even if you use the device you will still need to do other blood sugar tests, said the NHS online

The sensor is a bit smaller than the tip of your knuckle, according to Karen Baxter, Senior UK director of Dexcom. The sensor is stuck on with an adhesive plaster, and there’s a small insertion wound but it won’t leave any mark. In a study, they did the majority of testers said this was painless and really easy to use. 

Karen adds that there is a slight delay in detecting blood sugar changes compared to the pricking methods. explained to Karen. She explains this is because it’s measuring sugar levels in the cells, which take longer to change than the blood vessels. A writer on Diabetes.co.uk named Jack Woodfield added that the sensor is disposable. Thus, it needs to be changed within 10 days to two weeks. 

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