Regular exercise can lower blood glucose and possibly reduce the amount of medication you need to treat diabetes, or even eliminate the need for medication.
Here are a few useful exercise tips:
- Get your doctor’s approval before starting an exercise program
- Start slowly with a low-impact exercise such as walking, swimming or jogging
- Warm up for 5 minutes before starting to exercise and cool down for 5 minutes after
- Avoid doing activity in extremely hot or cold temperatures. Choose indoor options when the weather is extreme
- Drink plenty of water before, during, and after activity to stay hydrated
- Always carry a source of carbohydratewith you so you’ll be ready to treat low blood glucose
- Activities should be energizing but not overly difficult
- Wear athletic shoes that are in good shape and are the right type for your activity
- Try to exercise at the same time every day for the same duration. This will help control your blood sugar
- Exercise at least three times a week for about 30 to 45 minutes
- If you plan to exercise more than an hour after eating, it’s a good idea to have a snack.
- If you use insulin, exercise after eating, not before
- Test your blood sugar before, during and after exercising
- Do not exercise when your blood sugar is more than 240
- Carefully inspect your feet before and after activity for blisters, redness or other signs of irritation
- Stop doing an activity if you feel any pain, shortness of breath or light-headedness.
- Talk to your doctor about any unusual symptoms that you experience
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