From Abby: Little Diabetes Tricks.
I'm on the road again today, heading to Indianapolis for the 4th Roche Summit (you can follow on Twitter at #rds12, and through the blogs of the attendees - more on that later) and then the AADE Annual Meeting. Abby and I have been talking about the "little diabetes tricks" we use that are sometimes completely random and slightly off-label, but help us make sense of diabetes. Today, she's sharing a few of her favorite tricks. :)
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I'll be the first to admit I don't follow all the rules of diabetes. I think it's only fair because diabetes doesn't follow my rules. (See also: the definition of diabetes equals the one for insanity) I know everyone has their own little tricks - there's no way to survive diabetes without them. Things our doctors don't tell us, our CDEs don't know about, and our DOC friends have yet to discover. Some of these I learn from others, and some I just invent. So here's a little list of weird tricks I use to keep my diabetes tame-ish. They may or may not work for you, and they don't ALWAYS work for me - but I figured I'd share.
Gatorade - I got this idea from a teacher in nursing school. When I'm doing some sort of endurance exercising I drink watered-down Gatorade. This works especially well during runs, hikes, bike rides, etc. I make Gatorade in a water bottle about half strength and take sips every 10ish minutes and it keeps my blood sugar nice and steady, while also keeping me very hydrated.
Medic-Alert Hiding - I got this idea from my years as a cheerleader. When I go for a run or somewhere I don't want to wear a bracelet I hook my medic-alert bracelet on my sports bra strap. It's safe here, and will be found in an emergency, and doesn't annoy me as my arms are flailing about Phoebe style listening to Justin Bieber.
Breakfast Bolus - I've been square waving my breakfast bolus about 45 minute before I eat, for 30 minutes. This gets REALLY tricky and I warn you to be very careful. About 1 out of 20 times I end up low, but the other 19 It wards off a huge post-breakfast spike. (I also eat things fairly low carb and high protein, because breakfast hates me.) And I drink a lot of water before I eat. Hydration is key for me.
Tabs on the Ankle - This is the nerdiest one. I've been wearing an iPod holder on my ankle with one of those four-packs of glucose tabs and a tube of glucose gel in it when I run alone. It stays out of my way, and is easily accessible if I need it. It also looks wicked cool.
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Is watered-down Gatorade nasty? Like, does it taste like a glass that had juice in it but then you drink the juice and then fill it back up with water without rinsing it first? (I have done that with milk before, and it's horrible. /digression)