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Can people with diabetes do adventure sports?

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Adventure sports like rock-climbing or scuba-diving should be safe if you’re in good health aside from diabetes. Make sure to get the right training before you start. Don’t do these activities alone, because you may need help if your blood sugar gets too low (what doctors call hypoglycemia). Take some fast-acting carbs like a sports gel, glucose tablets, or even a tube of cake icing with you in case your blood sugar dips.

SOURCES:

Sheri Colberg-Ochs, PhD, professor of exercise science, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.

American Diabetes Association: “Blood Glucose Control and Exercise,” “Exercising With Diabetes Complications.”

Abate, M. , May 2013. Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, and Obesity: Targets and Therapy

Buettner, C. , February 2012. American Journal of Medicine

Mansi, I. , July 22, 2013. JAMA Internal Medicine

Joslin Diabetes Center: “Exercising with Diabetes Complications.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Sheri Colberg-Ochs, PhD, professor of exercise science, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.

American Diabetes Association: “Blood Glucose Control and Exercise,” “Exercising With Diabetes Complications.”

Abate, M. , May 2013. Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, and Obesity: Targets and Therapy

Buettner, C. , February 2012. American Journal of Medicine

Mansi, I. , July 22, 2013. JAMA Internal Medicine

Joslin Diabetes Center: “Exercising with Diabetes Complications.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 12, 2018

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