What are some ways I could control my blood sugar readings with heavy and intense workouts.
Thank you so much
We advise doing the following:
Measure your blood sugar pre workout - If it is in the low normal range (i.e. 4-5 mmol/l), make sure you have a sugary snack such as juice, sweets, even bread, rice, oats etc as it doesn't only have to be simple sugars this time, it can be complex as well because you are just about to exercise and in most cases will be burning calories/sugars.
If blood sugar is in the high normal range (i.e. 8-10 mmol/l), then it is down to the type of activity you are doing as some exercise will drop your blood sugar but also some exercises will ELEVATE it such as heavy lifting and anaerobic ones.
Make sure to check frequently during your workout to understand the trend of your blood sugar levels (whether it is falling or elevating), and treat accordingly by either taking sugar or insulin.
Finally make sure to check a few times after your workout as well to avoid a drop in blood sugar levels as it normally happens due to increased metabolism (burning sugar effect resulting from the activity)