Exercise and Diabetes

Controlling your diabetes involves monitoring your blood sugar daily and getting plenty of exercise. Exercise has important benefits such as managing your blood sugar, improving your overall fitness and reducing your chances of having a stroke or heart disease. You should exercise for 150 minutes a week. The exercise should be moderately intense. It is important to remember also to make sure that you are checking your blood-glucose levels regularly, whether you use Contour test strips or Prodigy test strips.


Exercise for Diabetes

Exercising with diabetes depends on your overall health. For example, if you have nerve problems in your legs and/ or feet, your physician may recommend exercises that you can do while sitting like chair exercises. Other exercises that won’t place too much stress on your legs and feet include swimming and rowing. A majority of physicians recommend participating in aerobic exercise to help your heart and lungs. Types of aerobic exercise include:

• Bicycling
• Jogging
• Walking
• Aerobic dancing

Are There Any Risks Involved in Exercising?

Yes, there are some risks to exercising when you have diabetes. For instance, exercising changes how your body reacts to your current dose of insulin. When you exercise on a regular basis your more susceptible to sugar lows, or hypoglycemia after you finish exercising. You can diminish your risk by hypoglycemia by checking your blood sugars before and after you exercise, using products such as Prodigy test strips or Contour test strips—depending on what meter you have. If you experience a high or low prior to exercising, you should wait until your levels improve. For example, general diabetes guidelines suggest that your blood sugar level shouldn’t be lower than 100 mg/dL before you exercise. Another way to decrease this risk is by asking your physician to recommend what your blood sugar levels should be before and after you exercise.

You are at risk for experiencing hypoglycemia while you’re working out. This can sometimes make people feel that exercising is doing more harm than good. Remember, exercising is good for you. You just have to pay attention to how you feel while exercising and know hypoglycemia symptoms such as:

• Shakiness
• Anxious
• Sweating more than normal
• Feeling a change in heartbeat

Always get plenty of rest while exercising. Once you feel thirsty, you probably already dehydrated. So always drink water before, during and after you exercise to avoid becoming dehydrated.

To Do Before You Start Your Exercise Plan

Now you’re ready to exercise and help beat your diabetes. However, there are some things you need to do to prepare such as:

• Talk to your physician. You want to know the right exercises for you based on your health and diabetes
• Monitor your blood sugar level about 30 minutes before and after working out
• Look at your feet for any sores or blisters prior to and after working out
• Wear the right shoes and socks. You never want to wear shoes or socks that will harm your feet or cause you to injury yourself while working out
• Drink plenty of water before, during and after working out
• Complete a warm up before you exercise and cool down after you finish. Warm up and cool down exercises include gentle stretches for about 10 minutes
• Make sure you have a snack ready in case you experience hypoglycemia

Regardless of the exercise program you start, always begin the program gradually. You don’t want to injure yourself. Slowly increase the intensity and length of your workout. Always talk to your doctor about your workouts, and make sure that you check your blood-glucose levels to make sure you’re staying within a healthy range—so keep stocked up on the supplies for diabetes that you’ll need to test.

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