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    Was diganosed as a diabetic (type 2) last year and was wondering if there are any others on the board here.

    Am a bit unsure of how to prepare for tournaments nutrition wise. Carb loading won't work or is it just a case of eating little and often?

    Am due for a check up soon so will raise it with the doctor then but in the meantime, anyone got any experience?

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    Sorry to hear about that. My father has had diabetes for over 20 years now and it's no fun for him or the family.

    I think it's best you consult with your doctor and find out your options.

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    Dinkalot,
    Cheers.

    I don't really let it worry me to be honest. Was a bit of a shock at first (my mum is a long standing type 1). With hindsight I was in quite a bad state state when I was diagnosed but now I just take the tablets and get on with trying to get back to fitness. On the positive side, not eating so many carbs has helped me lose abt 14 plus lbs in about 10 months and I generally feel much better !
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    Doctors always remind diabetics to exercise more!

    Of course cut down the calories, one will feel really ill after heavy

    exercise with high glucose in blood.

    And of course avoid cuts and injuries to the feet as vessels to feet and eyes

    are consricted and damaged.

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    It depends on your reading. Is it high or boderline? I suggest you get a blood glucose monitor and use it to monitor and control your blood glucose. These monitors and test strips are very inexpensive now.
    Have more small meals instead of fewer large meals. Always have some cubes of sugar with you, in case you play too hard in badminton which can exhaust your blood glucose. Regular exercise is good for you.

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    i'm a type 2 diabetic myself. playing badminton regularly has helped me a lot in controlling my weight and blood sugar. of course i'm taking medications regulary also. i check my glucose level before and after playing, making sure that it's neither too high nor too low.

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    I'm sorry to hear that shuttlejunkie, I wish I had more in depth knowledge and could give you some advice nutrition wise, but sadly I can only offer you encouragement.

    The important thing to remember is not to let it effect your life, my brother is a diabetic and uses it as an excuse to not do anything, but with a properly controlled diet if you take care of yourself you can accomplish anything.

    Steve Redgrave the rower is a diabetic (insulin dependant I believe) and he won 4 Olympic gold medals! Maybe you can do a search on the net to see if there is anything about how he used to control his diet.

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    You are not alone

    Diabetes is not only linked to obesity, in fact research shows that at least 40 % of people of Asian & African origin develop this disease at middle age.

    Lack of control with no exercise leads to blindness, heart disease and kidney failure.

    It is not a question of limiting calory intake but also cholesterol levels.

    Diabetics are discouraged from occupations like air traffic control etc because of mood swings.

    So cut down on the chips, rice.curry, chocolates,cakes.sweets,steaks, ice cream, bananas , burgers, fried chicken already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bbn
    So cut down on the chips, rice.curry, chocolates,cakes.sweets,steaks, ice cream, bananas , burgers, fried chicken already.
    ..bananas also??..as a fruit??..

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    Bananas classified as high in calories.

    Worse still durian high in calories and cholesterol.

    Even high sugar stuff like carrots and sweetcorn are best minimised.

    Imagine the business opportunities of catering or supplying healthier foods and cooking methods to an aging sickly Asian mass.

    And also HK roast goose high in calories, so no more gooses feather shuttles.

    Better stop now b4 some of the pseudo moderators point out that this

    is out of topic.

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    Default Diabetes and sports

    As a health professional (exactly in the field of dietetics), can't help to offer a bit of advice. Badminton is a very complex sport in terms of the utilization of fast and slow fuels (CHO and fat). The way of carb loading is somewhat different from those exercise requiring only montonic movements and long duraton.

    Glycemic index instead of simple classification of calories and carb content may be more helpful to enhance performance. Except caution (not totally avoid) with the use of simple sugar (sweets, sugar, etc.) you can practically eat any food you want in a portion-control manner.

    Here are my initial thoughts:
    1. If you are not on any oral drug or insulin, don't have to worry about low blood suagr at all.
    2. If you are on some medications, please get a glucometer to check you blood sugar before and after practice.
    3. Trial and error of a consistent dietary pattern during practice and thus can imitate what you should be doing at tournments.
    4. Definitely consult a dietitian hopefully specializes in both sports and clinical nutrition.

    Good luck!!

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    I think its better to have your own glucose meter and measure your blood glucose response to exercise then adjust your carbohydrate intake accordingly. Its difficult to give a generic advise because factors such as diet, severity of DM, intensity of exercise, and the kind of medication your taking would influence your blood glucose reading. I would also advise you to get a cardio clearance before playing badminton, maybe an exercise stress test just to know how much you can exert yourself. Coronary artery disease is more frequent among diabetics especially those who have had it for a long time already. Good luck.

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    I have type 1 diabetes and play twice a week every week. They're not just knock abouts I can tell you that! Carbohydrates are good to have before play in my case, they're slow releasing energy so it helps me to keep up my levels throughout play. I've always got glucose tablets and cereal bars with me incase of low blood sugar levels, but otherwise it doesn't affect my play at all.

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