An internet diabuddy blogged recently about the issues women with type 1 diabetes have to reckon with.
Exercise got a special mention. It lowers blood sugar, sometimes to dangerously low levels.
When she was diagnosed she was advised to eat a sandwich before sex. “Mood killer and all that”, she lamented.
Blokes with type 1 face worse issues. Imagine building a boat, I’ve just mixed a batch of epoxy, slapped it on a sheet of ply, and am about to laminate the cabin top of the new boat. Should only take an hour, but can’t be interrupted.
Halfway through: the dreaded light feeling in lower abdomen and upper legs, the need to pee, shakes.
Should have eaten a sandwich first….
Rip off the gloves, run to the house, scan the sensor: 3.2 mmol/L and crashing! Race to the fridge, stuff my face, then raid the jellybeans.
Back to the boat. Epoxy, time and tide, wait for no-one.
Mood killer alright!
There is a silver lining. The blood sugar lowering effect of sex can be put to good use.
“Darling, my blood sugar is high. Shall I inject some insulin, or will you fix it?”