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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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If the level is below 70 or you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.

People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.

Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.

However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.

Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.

One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

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