A Novel use of Glucagon to avoid hypoglycemia in exercise
How to avoid hypoglycemia in exercise
We all know the benefit of exercise. We work out, try to reap the overall health benefit of exercise – cardiovascular benefit, weight management, insulin sensitivity – and what happens? Insulin drops our BG levels too much and we end up having to feed the insulin in order to counter a low or avoid one OR we end up too high from too much carb or too much insulin reduction.
A study done recently evaluated the use of glucagon in a small dose (mini-dose) to actually prevent exercise-induced hypoglycemia in type 1 diabetes.The research compared a control of no intervention, use of mini-dose glucagon, reduction of insulin prior/during exercise as well as carb intake with glucose tablets to see what helped the most in prevention of low BG.
The conclusion was that the use of mini-dose glucagon kept BG the most stable without effect of hypoglycemia or excessive excursions that were too high.
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