Posted: 23/05/2016 at 15:29
First of all, Tracy, well done on keeping up the running. I'm a type 2 and have never really got hung up on diets - to a certain degree I wing it with a bit of carb-counting thrown in. I guess the thing I want to know is if your blood sugar levels are under control or are you having difficulty with it? Do you use insulin? (I know that the popular myth is that type 2s don't need to inject, but it is just that - a myth. I've used insulin since the early days because it became pretty clear that diet alone wasn't going to do it.) Also, do you have regular check ups on your feet - the kind in which they prick various parts of your soles to see if you feel it? If not, try your specialist or doctor. I think there's a bit of a postcode lottery with diabetes, and I happen to be lucky to live in an area where my eyes, feet, weight, blood and so on are all tested very regularly; and there's no quibbling over any of my meds, including blood testing strips. I actually think it's very unlikely that your problems with your feet when running are related to your diabetes, or you would get the same numbness at other times too, but it's worth checking out. The other thing to remember is that exercise can make your blood sugar levels hard to predict, but what you most don't want to do is go low while you're running, so always carry emergency carbs such as jelly babies; and before you start it might be best to have your levels a bit high. Remember, though, that your body's response to exercise is quixotic: it will have an emergency response and flood your system with cortisol, which means, counter-intuitively, your blood sugar level will increase temporarily. As you go on, of course, the levels are likely to go down. If you're exercising a lot all this will be a bit hit and miss. Don't get overstressed by high readings - it's all a balancing act. The exercise will help in general, and your weight will come down if you eat sensibly. All the best.