Exercise is necessary for any individual looking to maintain their personal health. For those with diabetes, it is even more important because it can combat many of their symptoms and prevent the occurrence of serious health issues. However, individuals with this disease need to be more cautious than others when practicing any form of physical activity. This is primarily due to problems which can arise to to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) during exercise.
You should keep the following tips in mind before deciding to engage in any sort of physical activity:
Consult a Doctor: Before starting any sort of new exercise routine, talk with your primary care physician or specialist about it. They will be able to evaluate your fitness plan and decide if it is safe to practice.
Carry a Snack: Because physical activity can lower an individual’s blood glucose, it is important that you eat beforehand or carry some handy in case of any sudden drops in sugar levels. We generally recommend fruits as ideal snacks when working out.
Check Your Glucose Constantly: Always make sure to test your sugar levels before working out, and afterwards. Doing this will also let you know how certain exercises will impact your blood glucose, allowing you to plan ahead.
Establish a Routine: Once you’re used to how certain activities or times of the day impact your sugar levels, it becomes significantly easier to understand how exercise will affect you. Avoid changing your workout schedule too often.
Note: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek medical advice for any questions regarding a medical condition or changes in your treatment.