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Offline Lucy

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Swimming
« on: 23 October 2018, 11:04:42 PM »
Im planning to try swimming, once or twice a week for maybe 30 minutes of lengths (see how long I survive to be honest!). Does anyone else go swimming and have any words of wisdom / encouragement? It’s years since I last went swimming, DSN suggested trying a not too large breakfast before it and using the -50% activity bolus setting to start with, then test and monitor bg to decide what to do the next time. I’m either going to go after work or on a weekend morning, to the adult only sessions.
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Offline Pattidevans

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Re: Swimming
« Reply #1 on: 24 October 2018, 09:33:13 AM »
Sounds like a good plan Lucy.  I don’t do swimming, just walking and I just do a temp basal of about 80%, but of course you can’t do that on Injections of Lantus.  Good luck and let us know what happens.
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Re: Swimming
« Reply #2 on: 24 October 2018, 11:51:27 AM »
Even just playing in the pool on holiday with the kids makes me need huge amounts less insulin. I had some really fast and long hypos until I worked it out.

-50% sounds like a good start. Don't be too shocked if the effects last hours. It is tricky on injected insulin but doable.

Hope you enjoy your swimming.
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Re: Swimming
« Reply #3 on: 24 October 2018, 01:37:51 PM »
We didn’t talk about adjusting lantus but thinking about it that could possibly be needed. Will take a while to find out as only plan to go once or twice a week. It was also mentioned that the effect might change over time, at first when its new it will probably have a bigger effect than if I do it regularly, as the impact might reduce over time. I need to get a costume first and hopefully go Friday evening or Saturday morning.
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Re: Swimming
« Reply #4 on: 24 October 2018, 04:06:29 PM »
I go to aquafit twice a week and often swim for 30 minutes before one of the sessions.  I find it good fun and I enjoy meeting other people.  I have felt a lot more fitter since doing these exercises and haven't had to use my scooter for ages as my mobility has improved.  The only disappointment is that I have not lost any weight, in fact I have put on a couple of pounds.   I think it must be muscle weight as I feel slimmer around the waist. 

I am still on diet only, to control my diabetes so I cannot advise on your medications but I certainly recommend you take up swimming and aquafit classes too, if they have them near you.  The latter certainly helps to make the joints more flexible.
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Re: Swimming
« Reply #5 on: 24 October 2018, 09:43:09 PM »
Im planning to try swimming, once or twice a week for maybe 30 minutes of lengths (see how long I survive to be honest!). Does anyone else go swimming and have any words of wisdom / encouragement? It’s years since I last went swimming, DSN suggested trying a not too large breakfast before it and using the -50% activity bolus setting to start with, then test and monitor bg to decide what to do the next time. I’m either going to go after work or on a weekend morning, to the adult only sessions.

Take it easy to begin with, then slowly increase your speed and laps with time. It is marvellous and beneficial exercise.

I miss my swims since I sold our next-door house with the pool last year :(. I think I am going to have to bite the bullet and become a member of the pool 15km away.
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Re: Swimming
« Reply #6 on: 24 October 2018, 10:26:51 PM »
I now have a swimsuit which is a start. Just need to actually get in the pool! Looking forward to it, whilst also nervous. Hopefully swimming is something you remember how to do.
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Offline Pattidevans

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Re: Swimming
« Reply #7 on: 25 October 2018, 10:08:30 AM »
I hope you remember how to swim Lucy, in light of your kayaking holiday!  LOL!
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Re: Swimming
« Reply #8 on: 27 October 2018, 10:03:09 PM »
I ate dinner before I went, using exercise2 setting on the expert meter which is currently set to -50%. Swam for 45 minutes, doing lengths up and down. I did about 80 x 18m lengths I think but may have lost count in there somewhere! Readings were:

Hour walk before dinner
18:17 5.0, 60g carb, 2.5u
19:05 10.2
45 minutes swimming then shower etc
20:13 7.3

Carbier dinner than usual so will try nearer the usual 40g next Friday for swimming again. Seemed to work though so will try the same settings.
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Re: Swimming
« Reply #9 on: 27 October 2018, 11:38:49 PM »
Yes but the effects of exercise last for up to 48 hours thereafter Lucy - so keep testing!
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Re: Swimming
« Reply #10 on: 30 October 2018, 10:25:18 PM »
I didn't have any unusual bgs in the days after swimming, though my bgs have been much improved since the changes made lately. Went swimming again today, did an hour of what is probably to most people slow non-strenuous activity but I ache after.

BGs
18:07 8.4  45g carbs 2u (used swimming setting at -50%)
19:11 8.4 (pre swimming so no idea why it wasn't higher)
Swam for an hour, then showered, dressed etc.
20:32 7.3
21:00 20g carb, 2u
22:22 8.7

So i think i'll stick with the eating dinner before swimming, using the -50% setting, and swimming for 45mins to an hour as my bg doesn't seem to change with that. I know my bgs are generally a bit high, being 8-10s premeal mostly, but hopefully the pattern still applies when i get the premeal readings down a bit.
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Re: Swimming
« Reply #11 on: 31 October 2018, 10:08:39 AM »
That all looks fine to me Lucy.  I would say perhaps your basal needs a bit of adjusting but I know you are working closely with the DSN so I won’t attempt to advise.
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Re: Swimming
« Reply #12 on: 31 October 2018, 01:29:15 PM »
I think it might need increasing too given I’m always 8-10 pre meals, but I’m not going to change things just yet as it’s not too disastrous and would rather discuss with dsn. It’s better than the high teens I was seeing before at least!
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Re: Swimming
« Reply #13 on: 31 October 2018, 02:59:31 PM »
Good thinking Lucy.
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Re: Swimming
« Reply #14 on: 24 November 2018, 11:15:49 AM »
Swimming has been going okay, I’ve not had any blood sugar problems there so far. I started at doing -50% on my dinner bolus, and have got to -25% last night but I think it might need to be somewhere in between.

Last night results were
6.2 pre dinner. 6pm ish. Did -25% exercise setting
Ate dinner, short walk with the dog, off to swimming
8.9 before swimming (about 7pm)
5.1 after swimming (about 8:15 ish)

Given my meter targets a bg of 6 and that is presumably by 4 hrs I think I might try somewhere between -25% and -50%. Not having bg problems in that no hypos during swimming and being 5.1 is fine, just feels like could be a bit too close for comfort as I then drive to Asda, collect the shopping and drive home.

I had a hypo last night though that took nearly an hour to come up, later in the evening. I’d had a kitkat of 25g carbs so I’d bolused for it. I guess I should have reduced the bolus though as couple hours later I was at 3.9. I had some Kendal mint cake, didn’t recheck for half an hour, and was 3.7. So had some glucose tabs, rechecked in 10 mins and 3.4. Started to panic a bit, haven’t really been having any hypos for last few weeks and it’s going down not up... had a small carton of apple juice, recheck in 10 mins and 4.3. Of course the next check after that it was up at about 9.
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