Finding the right balance between exercise, food, and insulin can be challenging and part of my job is to assist riders with decisions during training and racing.
As a nurse and certified educator, I provide diabetes self-management education to Team Novo Nordisk athletes and encourage self-monitoring of blood glucose.
One of our main goals at Team Novo Nordisk, a global all-diabetes sports team of cyclists, triathletes and runners, spearheaded by the world's first all-diabetes professional cycling team, is to help our athletes learn how to keep their blood glucose (or sugar) levels in an ideal range during exercise.
All athletes on the men's professional cycling team wear continuous glucose monitors and I look for patterns in these data and their blood glucose data. Based on this information, I recommend adjustments to their nutritional and insulin regimens. Additionally, when I am on-site at a race or a training camp, I record the riders' blood glucose levels before, during, and after races and advise them on insulin adjustments and nutrition.
Below are some recommendations regarding mealtimes for our riders and other people managing diabetes whilst living an active lifestyle:
This page is intended for UK healthcare professionals only
UK/WB/0916/0050(1) November 2016
Information about diabetes and mealtime management of the disease.
For educational videos, including commentary from clinicians and patients on the importance of mealtime management of diabetes.
Find information on symptoms and effects of post-meal hyperglycaemia, including short and long-term complications.