Tuesday, August 10, 2004

 

Ten tips for exercising with diabetes

Ten tips for exercising with diabetes:

  1. Get proper medical advice before embarking on a new exercise training program.
  2. Monitor blood glucose levels before, during and after exercise, especially in the early stages of exercise training. Check twice prior to exercising; 30 minutes before and immediately before. If your blood glucose level is 300mg/dL or higher do not exercise.
  3. Don't exercise when you're sick. Exercising when you are sick can make your blood glucose levels fluctuate dramatically and it may take longer to get well.
  4. Keep fluid levels well up before, during, and after exercise, especially when hot. Dehydration can affect blood glucose levels and heart function.
  5. Have a carbohydrate-based snack or drink handy in case your blood glucose levels drop.
  6. Avoid injecting insulin in a muscle that is about to be used for exercise.
  7. Wear correct footwear. Peripheral vascular disease is relatively common in people with diabetes and often affects the feet.
  8. Exercise at the same time each day. Exercising at a similar time, intensity, and duration each day helps you to get to know your own blood glucose response to exercise training.
  9. In case of emergency, wear an identification bracelet or shoe tag while exercising.
  10. Be aware of signs of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) during and after exercise. Signs include feeling shaky, having an unusually rapid heartbeat or experiencing vision changes.



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