My wife is a T-1, when releaased from the hospital she was instructed to eat 2200 calories a day and was taking 70u of insulin a day, split 50/20. I lowered her calorie intake, due to her rapidly gaining weight, to 1650 calories. This was with help from HealthKeeper software. We also lowered the Carbs from 300+ to around 160 a day. She has lst some of the weight, felt better but not exercising. Her BG’s came down and we reduced her insulin to 42u/20u. She maintains 85-105 during the 24 hr daily period.
Last week, at our Diabetic Support Group, we had an exercise class doing the Salsa. They took everyone’s BG before and after. Hers went from 102 to 60 in the 1/2 hr dance program. My question is this: Will she be able to lower her insulin intake by exercise and lower carb intake? We are her doctor as the Endo here believes all BAhamians should eat more peas & rice, mac & Cheese, fried fish etc. stay big and take more insulin. The hardest part of exercising, for me as a runner is motivation, i.e. putting on my shoes. May sound silly, but it has stopped me from running many times.
Reminds me of high school chemistry… exercise for me has a very high activation energy. The advise I have is, make it routine, much harder to make excuses not to exercise if you have a routine. Also find a partner, I don’t know your situation, but maybe suggest a routine of exercise that includes you both. The greatest motivating factor for me how good it feels, even just a little exercise. But this gets back to the putting on the shoes thing for me.