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Exercise For Diabetes

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You can better manage your diabetes by learning about balancing glucose and exercise for effective diabetes management. Your diabetes nutrition, diabetes diet and blood glucose monitoring must go hand in hand with your exercise for diabetes.
 
Your Exercise For Diabetes Plan
What you eat and how much you need to eat may depend on how much you exercise. Physical activity is an important part of staying healthy and controlling your blood glucose. Keep these points in mind:
 
  • Talk with your doctor about what types of exercises are safe for you.
  • Make sure your shoes fit well and your socks stay clean and dry. Check your feet for redness or sores after exercising. Call your doctor if you have sores that do not heal.
  • Warm up and stretch for 5 to 10 minutes before you exercise. Then "cool down" for several minutes after you exercise. For example, walk slowly at first, stretch, and then walk faster. Finish up by walking slowly again.
  • Check your blood glucose before you exercise. Do not exercise if your fasting blood glucose level is above 250 and you have ketones in your urine. If your blood glucose is below 100, eat a small snack.
  • Know the signs of low blood glucose, also called hypoglycemia.
  • Always carry food or glucose tablets to treat low blood glucose.
  • Always wear your medical identification or other ID letting people know you have diabetes so you may get faster treatment in case of an emergency.
  • Find an exercise buddy. Many people find they are more likely to do something active if a friend joins them.
 
Exercise For Diabetes:
Low Blood Glucose (Hypoglycemia)
During exercise your blood glucose may dip and must be stabilized as soon as possible. Low blood glucose can make you feel shaky, weak, confused, irritable, hungry, or tired. You may sweat a lot or get a headache. If you have these symptoms, check your blood glucose. If it is 70 or lower, have one of the following right away:
 
  • 3 or 4 glucose tablets
  • 1 serving of glucose gel (check the label-you'll want the amount equal to 15 grams of carbohydrate)
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) of any fruit juice
  • 1/2 cup of a regular (not diet) soft drink
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) of milk
  • 5 or 6 pieces of hard candy
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey
  • After 15 minutes, check your blood glucose again. If it's still too low, have another serving. Repeat until your blood glucose level is 70 or higher. If it will be an hour or more before your next meal, have a snack.
Source: http://www.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/eating_ez/index.htm#eat
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