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    During exercise

    • If you tend to get low blood sugar, exercise only after you have checked your blood sugar level.
    • Wear shoes that fit well and polyester or blend (cotton-polyester) socks to keep your feet comfortable and to prevent blisters. Use silica gel or air midsoles in your shoes.
    • Drink plenty of water before, during, and after you are active. This is very important when it's hot out and when you do intense exercise.
    • Wear medical identification at all times. You can get medical identification, such as a bracelet, from a pharmacy or on the Internet.
    • Carry a quick-sugar food with you while you exercise.

    After exercise

    Exercise can lower your blood sugar hours later. Test your blood sugar and have a plan for treating low blood sugar.

    Adrenaline released with short bouts of vigorous exercise can cause high blood sugar. Combining short bursts of vigorous activity with longer moderate-intensive exercises can help prevent this problem.

    For more information, see the topic Fitness: Getting and Staying Active.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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