If you have diabetes you probably know when your blood sugar drops or rises based on how you feel. You may also be in tune with foods that really affect you (in a good, or bad, way). As a diabetic athlete, you have to be especially cautious about getting enough, but not too much, carbohydrate to sustain your energy and keep your blood sugar level within normal limits.
During long days of training, exercise in the heat or at altitude, it’s easy to become dehydrated. If your blood sugar is elevated, you’ll lose more fluid through urine also increasing your risk of dehydration. In addition to being aware of the signs and symptoms of dehydration, it is important to plan ahead by bringing enough fluid with you and drink regularly. Research shows you are more likely to drink if you choose a beverage that tastes good. Sodium also stimulates thirst and helps your body hold onto more of the fluid you drink.Amino VITAL has several options, all which combine great taste with electrolytes to help you stay healthily hydrated.
Maintaining Energy & Blood Glucose
When you are exercising, your body uses glucose for energy. Your carbohydrate needs may increase, especially when you exercise more intensely and for a longer period of time. It is important to monitor blood glucose during training to help determine your carbohydrate and insulin needs. If you are not on insulin, monitoring your blood glucose can help you determine how much carbohydrate you need, and if your physician may need to adjust your blood glucose lowering medications (if you are regularly reporting low blood glucose values). Consistency is important for getting a good grip on your insulin and carbohydrate needs. Therefore, it is best to exercise regularly at the same time each day. You should also carry carbohydrate with you at all times, just in case your blood glucose drops and you need carbohydrate to bring it to within normal limits.
Amino VITAL amino acids products are safe and can fit into your performance plan, helping to sustain energy levels while practicing or competing. Here’s how Amino VITAL fits into a diabetic sports nutrition plan:
Carbs Per Serving: 1 gram
Purpose: Action is best when your blood sugar levels are stable, but you still need to stay hydrated with electrolytes and energized for optimal health and performance.
Carbs Per Serving: 18 grams
Purpose: PRO-E provides a little carbohydrate if your blood sugar levels are slightly low (you may need to combine this with a carbohydrate-rich snack) or if you knew that you will need some carbohydrate over the period of time you can finish one 20 oz. serving.
Carbs Per Serving: 12 grams
Purpose: Rapid Recovery is best when your blood sugar levels are stable but you still need to stay hydrated for optimal health, performance, and accelerated muscle recovery.
*Amino Vital products are not meant to prevent, treat, or cure disease. This blog post is not meant to provide medical advice. Always seek the consultation of your physician (MD; Medical Doctor) to decide what is best for you and talk to your registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) for expert input on your specific meal plan and carbohydrate needs for training.