So this post is coming a bit out of left field, but certainly does have some relevance to events that have been in the news recently. Also, because I went to a new Crossfit gym here in Vancouver and I could hardly get out of bed this morning, but my blood sugars were spot on. As most know, Lance Armstrong has finally come clean (somewhat) to the allegations he was "doping" & used performance enhancing drugs while professionally competing. There have also been many MLB players that have been under investigation for the use of banned substances. The most common thought for people is steroids. Well, yes the majority of the time they are taking steroids but usually it's coupled with other substances. There are numerous ways you can enhance your physical performance, which most people aren't really aware of, well, at least I was not. I wouldn't have thought about doing blood transfusions during any of my physical competitions. Also, I am sure most people would not associate INSULIN as a performance enhancing drug either!
Yes, I know I have some rather interesting jumping abilities and strength to size ratio, so for those of you that may have suspected, I am coming clean. I MUST ADMIT, I HAVE BEEN USING PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS FOR OVER 10 YEARS!!! INSULIN!!! hahah
So, for those that know me, you are not surprised, since I have been diabetic for over 10 years now and rely on INSULIN to stay alive! In no way do I consider it a performance enhancing drug. Well, I take that back, it is the most important performance enhancing drug in the sport of LIFE! I would not be alive today without it, so it is crazy when I read an article about a cyclist who was using INSULIN as a performance enhancing drug or read a body building forum on how to use INSULIN to gain muscle and mass. I have spent some time reading through the below link and for PWD I am sure it will drive you crazy too.
People actually choose to use INSULIN to better their physical appearance. The warnings dont even talk about how your body will become insulin resistant and lead to Type 2 diabetes, or, the fact that once your body gets use to getting your insulin from an external source it could just as easily shut down its insulin production and cause Type 1 diabetes. The worst part is that people with no real understanding are "going to start trying insulin" and risk death. I would consider myself an EXPERT on INSULIN and I certainly have felt the power of insulin and literally could have killed myself accidentally with it (read original post).
However, reading up on these events does help me better understand all the ways that INSULIN works within the body and as I start to train for certain events, it can help guide me to a regime that is helpful for being dependent on INSULIN. For example, one thing to notice after training is that I am usually much more sensitive to insulin and dont need as much at meal time dosage. It is important how your body refuels its glycogen stores as well.
I came across this article and found this section interesting, it is for people without diabetes, but relevant to PWD. "High levels of insulin mean your body will store excess glucose as bodyweight and this could be muscle or fat. Your muscles can store 250 to 400 grams of glycogen and your liver can store 100 grams. Muscle glycogen does not supply glucose to the blood, it is used to feed muscle tissue therefore is it reasonable to feed your body with complex carbohydrates to refill muscle glycogen stores." I think it is important to distinguish glycogen stores in your muscles versus your liver. When you get low blood sugars, your liver in your main support for glycogen or sugar. So if you tear down your muscles and deplete the glycogen stores, your muscles will need to refuel when you consume carbs.
Some things to think about and I still need to do some more research on all the effects of physical activity. It is important to understand how people misuse INSULIN, so you can better understand how you can use it to your benefit (if you are diabetic).