Diabetes and Exercise

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If you are diabetic, a diabetes and exercise plan will be a integral part of your overall treatment regimen. One effective way to lower your blood glucose levels is to engage in an exercise plan on a daily basis. Not only will regular exercise help you lower your blood glucose levels, it will also help you control your weight.

The first step toward safely combining diabetes and exercise together will be to contact your doctor for permission. Your doctor will be able to recommend what type of program is safe for you. Since many diabetics have other health issues, it would be unwise to start any program prior to getting your doctors permission and guidance.

Once you have your doctor's permission to start a daily exercise program, the key to success will be consistency. It is usually a good idea to do 30-60 minutes of exercise per day. If you are not able to be active everyday, try to at least exercise 3 times per week.

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It will be important to measure your blood glucose levels prior to and after exercise. It is usually not a good idea to engage in a strenuous exercise program if your sugars are too low or too high. As always, keep track of your sugars in a daily log. It will be helpful to understand how your exercise program affects your sugars. It is recommended that you drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise.


As a diabetic, this is especially important. Try to avoid beverages with sugar or artificial sweeteners, as these will only skew your sugar levels. It is also a good idea to have an exercise partner. A partner will not only help keep you motivated, but could potentially be critical in a medical emergency. Make sure your partner is familiar with what steps to take if you are in need of medical attention.

Diabetes and Exercise for Disease Prevention

Diabetes and exercise go together as a key part of your health plan. Besides helping to control your weight, it can also reduce your blood glucose levels. More importantly, exercise will reduce your risk of developing macrovascular disease.

Macrovascular disease is inclusive of heart attacks, strokes, and decreased blood flow to the lower extremities. Everyone is at risk for heart disease and stroke; unfortunately diabetics are at increased risk. Exercise will also lower bad cholesterol and help to increase your good cholesterol, both of which will reduce your risk for macrovascular disease.

If you are diabetic and plan on starting an exercise program, please consult your doctor for his permission and guidance.




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