Maintaining an active lifestyle plays a crucial part in your diabetes management
Physical Activity improves insulin action enabling your body to respond effectively to insulin, glucose can then enter your cells providing them with energy instead of remaining in higher concentrations in your blood.
Exercise benefits all aspects of your health, helps controlling your blood pressure, improves the fitness of your heart and your sense of wellbeing.
There are several tips to have a safe and entertaining sports session:
- Make sure your blood glucose is higher than 100 mg/dl and below 250 mg/dl before exercise
- Keep your body well hydrated with water
- Use appropriate protective sports shoes
- Check your blood glucose during your exercise session to treat ahead and thus avoid hypoglycemia
- Keep a snack and a source of simple sugar at hand
In case your blood glucose is below 100mg: Take a snack and wait until your level increases before engaging in any activity, and keep regular checks in between.
If your blood glucose is 250 mg/dl or higher avoid exercising to prevent higher bouts in your readings and drink water.
Check with your educator on the safest blood glucose range for you to exercise.