Exercise has always proven to be very beneficial to everybody especially people with diabetes. Often time’s people with injuries or health complications (especially those caused by diabetes) tend to stray away from exercising with fear of greater injury. Just because you are suffering from a complication related to diabetes does not mean that you have to give up on exercise completely. There are a number of adjustments that can be done to your workout routine that will help minimize your chances of injury and may even help with your complication depending on what is affecting you.
Two of the most common complications that are associated with people with diabetes are heart disease and high blood pressure. If you have a mild to severe form of any cardiac complication then we first advise you to have an evaluation done on you that measures your blood flow, heart rate, and blood pressure during exercise. You should also have a stress test done if you are over the age of 35 and have had diabetes for over 10-15 years. It is recommended to avoid very strenuous activity such as heavy lifting and intense exercise schedules. It would be best to start off with mild intensity levels and moderate lifting which, later on, you can adjust to meet your exercise goals.
One of the more worrisome complications that can lead to some serious injuries is peripheral neuropathy; this type of neuropathy is associated with loss of feeling in your feet and hands. If you do a lot of running, this condition can be very dangerous as you might not be able to detect injuries or pain in your feet. . If you suffer from peripheral neuropathy then it may be best to exercise at a moderate intensity level with low impact activities like walking or swimming. Lastly, it is important that whenever you decide to exercise always wear proper footwear.
Another area to pay attention to is avoiding exercise in extreme conditions like cold or heat. The main reason for this is that these conditions can mess with your senses. People with retinopathy, damage to the blood vessels in the back of your eye may want to avoid exercises that put pressure on those vessels such as heavy lifting or exercises that involve bending as this increases the pressure in the eyes. People with a moderate to severe form of Osteoporosis or arthritis should make sure that they avoid high impact activities.
For people with any form of complication related to diabetes, the best form of exercise would be low impact water sports. Try swimming, Aquareobic classes, or playing a game of water polo. It’s refreshing and will keep you cool in the summer time. It is also the safest way to get the exercise you need regardless of your complications. Most of the time, incorporating an exercise routine into your life can even help minimize some of the problem associated with your diabetes complications. Before exercising remember to talk to your doctor about any limitations that may need to be addressed. We would love to know more about your exercise routine so let us know in the comments below!!!