Exercise for Diabetics: Best Tips

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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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