cycling and diet for diabetics

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I have recently been diagnosed diabetic type 2. I'm not overweight and have been a regular cyclist for more than 20 years. I was prescribed 80mg tablet of Gliclazide and this brought my sugar levels down (sometimes too low)

I'm wanting to continue my cycling but have lost confidence as everytime I excercise (even a 1hour walk) will reduce my sugar level to 3 or 4.

Are there any sports people got any advice as to how you deal with this please?

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    Tell your GP as they may ask you to adust your dose on the days you cycle, even something as simple as the time it is taken can make a big difference, Did This for my sister and it worked. Had to do it on a trial and error basis but with GP and diabetic nurse. input it was done quickly and safely.

    Can also ask for a refferal to someone who specialises in sports medicine, we are lucky as the main olympic medical centre is near here. Should be one near you  though and they are a great help.

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    I find if I need to do more then normal I top up my carbs it gets me through. But definitely speak to your nurse specialist In diabetics as they often know more than your GP.  I have a tendency for my blood sugars to drop quite easily so I eat something every 2-3 hrs.
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