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Diabetes Exercise Checklist

Have a Snack

Exercise can lower blood sugar, so if you have type 1 diabetes, eat a light snack 1 to 3 hours before a workout, depending on the type of insulin you use.

During exercise, keep on hand items such as 3-5 glucose tabs, a small carton of fruit juice, a few pieces of hard candy, or 2 tablespoons of raisins to quickly raise your blood sugar if needed.

Ask your doctor for tips on working out while wearing an insulin pump. If you're using injected or inhaled short- or rapid-acting insulin, talk with your doctor about lowering doses pre-exercise.

Make Workouts Fun

Look for ways to add more activity to your day. Take your dog on an extra walk, wash your car by hand, or lift weights between shows while you're watching TV.

Want to make exercise more fun? Bring a friend. Working out with a partner can make you more likely to do it -- and stick with it.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger, MD on August 06, 2014
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