Exercising Safely With Diabetes

If you have not been active for some time, talk to your healthcare team about what is right for you. Some complications of diabetes, such as high blood pressure, foot ulcers, or eye damage may change the type of exercise you can do.

People with diabetes must balance a healthy weight with the need to keep their blood glucose levels within target range. Weight loss and lifestyle changes can affect blood glucose control. Don’t let the fear of low blood glucose prevent you from being physically active, but do listen to your body. Ask your healthcare team to recommend times for testing your blood glucose to track your progress. Your diabetes medications may need to be reviewed.

Monitor your blood glucose before, during and many hours after your exercise to see how it affects your blood glucose levels. Carry some form of fast-acting carbohydrate with you in case you need to treat low blood glucose (hypoglycemia). The best choice is glucose tablets, but Life Savers® will also help.

 MedicAlert® braceletWhen you exercise, wear comfortable, proper-fitting shoes. Always wear your MedicAlert® bracelet or necklace.

Some diabetes medications can cause weight gain. If lifestyle changes are not getting any results, talk to your healthcare team about other options for weight control.

Remember …

Each person’s body has its own size and shape. Feel good about yourself and the lifestyle changes you make. Make changes one step at a time. Take that first step today!

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