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Old 08-03-2008, 11:54 AM   #1
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Anyone else with Type I Diabetes?

I'm still kind of new around here, I spend more time reading than posting because I'm still looking forward to getting a Buell Ulysses and until then I'm local only on my Suzuki SV1000S, which is kind of abusive after only 100 miles. I put away a lot of miles on my Buell S3T prior to getting the Suzuki, and I really miss the ability to ride a 600 mile day without hurting. It's a blast in the twisties though.


I'm looking at riding from Milwaukee to Alaska. I was stationed there in the late 80's and still have friends in Eagle River who I visit as often as possible. One of the few things that I havn't figured out yet is how to travel my insulin while on the road. In the past for shorter trips I've used a small cold box and with an ice pack. Since I'm on an insulin pump I just fill resivoirs and put them in instead of travelling full bottles of insulin.

The pump also makes it much easier to regulate my blood sugars while on the road. I generally set the basal rate to about half of what I use when I'm not riding, since I tend to eat less on the road and I burn a lot more calories than when I'm just sitting around the house.

I try and keep my sugars over 130 but under 150 while on the road, it avoids any unfortunate incidents. I'm lucky because I havn't become hypo resistant yet, so I can still feel it. I know that it makes it that much more important to test whenever I feel tired or a little weird, but luckily a sweet tarts or five can fix anything quickly, but keeping levels up takes carbs and protein.

Diabetes has never been a reason for me to quit everything I like to do. I might have to be a little more careful, but I'm not stopping anything. That said, I'm taking every precaution that I can in order to do things safely.

Why don't the voices in my head ever say; "Your dosage needs adjustment!"
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Old 08-03-2008, 03:22 PM   #2
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I do not know your experience level, how much you have traveled on a bike or your fitness levels and all of these will play a part in how how your body responds to the stress (mental and physical) of a multiday trip. The stress will ultimatly determine how your sugar level changes and thus needing your attention. I do not think anyone can answer your question but you. If it were me I would start with shorter trips extending them as time goes on to find out how you will respond. Doing them in the lower 48 will allow you access to the proper care if you get into trouble or you get surprised. Traveling remote on multiday trip without knowing how to handle your sugar not a good idea...IMHO

Good Luck.......... I am certain Adventure Riding will increase insulin sensativity.

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Old 08-04-2008, 07:18 AM   #3
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My experience level is intermediate. I've been riding on road or dirt for 20 years and have done short and long trips. I'm an ex army paratrooper, so I've spent a lot of time outdoors in some pretty crap conditions and my physical fitness level while not what it used to be isn't terrible either. I have very good control over my diabetes and have done quite a bit of travelling and adventuring since I was diagnosed 12 years ago at age 26.

I'm not really mining for information as much as trying to start a conversation between other riders that might be in the same situation as myself. I work a very intense job with terrible hours (TV news microwave truck engineer 4am until noon or whenever) so I am used to managing my IDDM-I in adverse conditions. I take it dead seriously since I have a two year old son, four year old daughter and an amazing wife that I want to get back to after each and all of my little adventures, regardless of what they may be.

Why don't the voices in my head ever say; "Your dosage needs adjustment!"
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Old 08-07-2008, 07:57 AM   #4
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Hello Impulse 101,
Like yourself i have this type of diabetes and have had it since age 6(now 33).I have suffered with hypo problems in the past but now ok,so far!
Myself and two other good friends are heading out on saturday to do a weeks road trip of approx 1700miles round trip from the Isle of Wight to John 'O Groats in Scotland,doesn't sound much to some but this is our first of many, hopefully.My friends know about my diabetes and know what to look for if they think i'm having problems,I now carry a Glucogen Pen with me incase of worst case senarios and my friends know how to use it.It's good to have friends that know what to do .
I'm guessing that you wear an I.D. bracelet/necklace with details,if not try one of these,i've just brought one and certainly a good idea .Have fun.
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Old 08-13-2008, 08:12 AM   #5
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Hey Beaker,
Good to hear from you.

I have a Medic-Alert necklace. I should wear it more, but I will definetly wear it on long trips.

Scottland sounds like a blast and judging by the first episode of Long Way Down it should be a great tour. My ancestry is Scottish/Welsh/Irish/English. So I've always toyed with the idea of doing a fly and rent/ride, but its nothing more than a pipe dream at this time.

How are you carrying your insulin?

Why don't the voices in my head ever say; "Your dosage needs adjustment!"
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Old 08-16-2008, 08:45 PM   #6
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I'm type one. (rare adult onset type one. ugh.) Anyway, I inject manually, instead of the pump. I've found I have to check my levels more frequently when I travel. As for keeping the insulin, first I would only worry if the trip was longer than a week or so. If it was long enough to worry about the insulin, I would just throw it in a ziplock and put it in with the food. I usually have a small bag of blue ice, to keep some of the food cold, so I just throw the insulin in with it.

It's easier if you hotel it, mot hotels will have a refrigerator at the front desk, and will store medicine in there.

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Old 03-04-2009, 05:59 PM   #7
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i've been Type 1 for 32 years.

here's an insulin wallet/cooler that uses evaporative cooling to keep your meds cool. seems more practical than a metal thermos bottle.

i've heard that Lantus is can go bad from vibration... if it turns cloudy replace it. i've never seen that happen, but just what i've heard.

back in the day when i was on R & N lack of refrigeration was not a problem, just keep it cool, not HOT.
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Old 03-04-2009, 06:07 PM   #8
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One question I've had on those coolers.... can you put them in the luggage where there is no wind and have the insulin stay cool? I figured I'd have to have it exposed somehow on the bike for it to work.

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Old 03-26-2013, 05:24 PM   #9
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I am also a type 1 at a late stage in life. I am planning a cross country trip that will take 6 to 7 weeks to complete. I use Humalog in a pump and use quite a bit about 100 units a day. My understanding is Humalog is good for 21days at room temp. I am sending some to my daughter in Ca. to keep for the return trip and what I will carry I purchased a stainless thermous that seems to keep ice for 8 to 10 hours, so I plan on visiting a lot of burger kings to get ice along the way. I also am asking my doc for a script to take with me because you never know when you will drop a glass bottle. I had never thought about a medical alert tag but now I think I will get one before I leave.
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:57 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by G'Ville View Post
you never know when you will drop a glass bottle.
Good news... those bottles are really tough! I've dropped them on concrete with no damage, except the metal rim dented. I think I've only cracked one bottle in all my years as a careless teen. I mean, hopefully you won't test my assertion, but just wanted you to know they are more resilient than you would expect.
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