If you have certain
diabetes-related problems, don't do certain kinds of physical activity. Talk with your
healthcare provider before doing exercise with heavy weights if you have blood vessel or
eye problems. Also talk with your provide if your blood pressure is not under
control. If you have nerve damage from diabetes, you may not be able to tell if you’ve
injured your feet during exercise.
Always check your blood sugar
before you exercise. This is especially true if you take insulin or certain medicines
by mouth (oral). Physical activity can lower your blood glucose too much and lead to
hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia can occur during exercise, after, or much later. Signs of
Pale skin color
Sudden moodiness or behavior changes
Clumsy or jerky movements
Trouble paying attention, or
Tingling feelings around the
Be careful about exercising if you
have recently skipped a meal. And if your blood glucose level is below 100, have a small
snack first. If your blood glucose is higher than 300, physical activity might drive it
higher. Wait until your glucose level is lower before exercising. Also don't exercise if
your fasting blood glucose is higher than 250 and if you have ketones in your urine. Ask
your healthcare provider about the best times for you to exercise.
Another tip for exercise is to wear
cotton socks and well-fitted, comfortable athletic shoes. After exercise, look closely
at your feet for signs of irritation, broken skin, blisters, or other injuries.
Drink plenty of fluids during
exercise. Dehydration can affect your blood glucose levels.
If you're having fun doing physical activities you really like, you'll be more likely to exercise each day.