Diabetics, check blood before, during, and after exercise
As I sit and wait to ring in the New Year, all sorts of emotions flood my mind. Yesterday, I saw my endocrinologist and was so glad that my A1C was still in range at 6.7. That's up from where it was, but from 6.0 to 7.0 is in range for me. I was really happy because I have cheated when favorite treats were offered, and I haven't had them since last year. We discussed my feet which are so painful that some days I cannot walk except in the house. He now doesn't think it's neuropathy, so he wants me to see a podiatrist. I have decided I am going to do that and see what the foot Dr. says; it doesn't mean I have to go along with anything, but I can get another opinion. My PCP says neuropathy; my endo is not convinced, so a third Dr. might have an answer. I am not able to exercise on my treadmill or walk any distance because of the pain, so any relief would be a blessing.
I am ready for the holidays to be over, and I am ready to get 2020 started. I hope we all are. A New Year brings new days; new questions, and new answers. I love the clean slate to start over and try to leave last year behind. It was a rough year for my husband and me. We always remind ourselves that we are so much better off than many people our ages. This year our area was bombarded with all the homeless and hungry. It just breaks my heart, so we do what we can to support shelters and children without gifts and clothes and nursing home residents' needs—whatever we can do. Every little bit helps someone—young or old.
I am thinking through my diabetes goals for this year and researching and reading in order to get my priorities straight. I need to be more positive and help myself better deal with the restrictions.
The following is a link to an article in my Mayo newsletter about checking numbers with exercise and why we should. I never thought about it, and when I could exercise I didn't check, now I know if I can get back to an exercise routine (depending on my feet), I will be more informed.
If you are a diabetic and exercise, maybe this article will be helpful.
Happy New Year to all and best wishes for improved health.