Exercising With Diabetes
People with diabetes need to watch out for a few things when exercising:
- Exercise can lower your blood glucose too much. Check your blood glucose level before exercise. If it is below 100 have a small snack and bring food or glucose tablets with you when you exercise.
- Do not exercise when your blood glucose is very high.
- Do not lift heavy weights if you have high blood pressure or eye problems.
- Check your feet to make sure do not have cuts or sores which can be made worse by exercise or make exercise painful.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Talk to your doctor about the right type of exercise for you.
- Start slowly and choose things you like.
Your blood glucose level is tied to the foods you eat. People with diabetes need to balance the type and amount of food they eat at each meal.
You can still enjoy your favorite comfort foods that may be high in sugar and fats, but think about moderation and balance. The key is to eat them only once in a while, in smaller portions and balancing them with healthier foods and more physical activity.