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What Can We Do To Prevent Shakes?

What Can We Do To Prevent Shakes?

My daughter is a gymnast and is diagnosed during June 2016 as Pre-diabetic (14 years old). She struggles with shakes during exercise and competing which is making balancing very difficult. What can she do to prevent this shakes and fatigue?

posted July 22, 2016
A DiabetesTeam Member

Not only checking the sugars, but if low she needs to eat a low carb snack with a little protien. She should probably eat that anyway before that kind of intense exercise. If that doesn't resolve the problem I would contact her doctor.

posted July 25, 2016
A DiabetesTeam Member

Take her to see a Dr. Sounds like shell have Hypoglycemic attacks. She must always test & record her readings. She must also have snacks with her. Feeling shakey & fatigue are symptoms of a Hypo. Remember she uses up her energy as she exercises, which should be replenished.

posted July 25, 2016 (edited)
A DiabetesTeam Member

Is she checking her blood glucose before and after exercis? She should be, as her routine sounds as it if is quite strenuous, and as a diabetic she needs help in planning what to eat and when to eat. If she finds her blood glucose is dropping, she should immediately eat or dirnk something sugary. Not too much, just half a glass of orange juice will do it, or the easist to carry are the Dex glucose tablets, These can be bought at any phaarmacy in tubes of 10, or in a bottle of 50 at walmart and possibly at other large stores. She should take 2 or 4 ofo these tablets if she sees her blood sugar is very low.. Also she need to have a special diet as a diabetic for exercising. She may need to have some carbohydrates before exercise, such as an apple, banana, or other fruit. She could also use the snack bar granola or nuts to give her enough to help her blood sugar cope with the exercise. She should perhaps talk to her diabetes doctor or nurse and maybe a nutritionist. Hope she finds an answer. It couod be that the shakiness is noto at all to do with low blood sugar, but the only way to find out is to test the blood levels before exercising. good luck in getting this sorted.

posted July 22, 2016
A DiabetesTeam Member

I find protein helps eg nuts or some cheese.

posted July 30, 2016 (edited)
A DiabetesTeam Member

Nuts are great. Full of protein. Just make sure she eats some carbs & protein before working out.

posted July 28, 2016

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