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Tips for Exercising Safely When You Have Diabetes

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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: August 15, 2013
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