When the timer went off, I retested my blood glucose levels. Ending blood glucose level: 98. Hmmm...
I have to admit, I was a little disappointed by the result. My test last year - 15 minutes of moderate walking - had amazed me. ( Click here to see that one )
Some possible reasons why today's test didn't work quite as effectively
Will I try again? Definitely! The next version will be sooner after eating something and use the proper amount of weight for me. I'm also going to test before and after CardioSculpt class and see how that affects my blood glucose levels.
More Reading for the Curious
An excellent article summarizing some of the above points is by Dr. Sheri Colberg-Ochs, author of The Diabetic Athlete, titled "Aerobic Versus Anaerobic Exercise: What Is the Difference, and Why Does It Matter?" She also has another good article for those dealing with mobility issues, titled " Exercising with Excess Body Weight, Orthopedic Problems, and Arthritis ," which includes some specific exercise DVD recommendations.
Try Your Own Experiment!
If you're newly diagnosed and have been advised by your doctor or diabetes educator to use exercise as part of your plan to manage your diabetes, why not try your own "big blue test" and see if your results confirm or deny the effect of exercise on your blood glucose levels? (Unless, of course, your doctor says "No way!" or your blood glucose meter says