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How can I begin exercising if I have diabetes?

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Check in with your doctor first.

Your doctor will make sure you're ready for whatever you want to do. Activities like lifting heavy weights can be dangerous if diabetes has damaged the blood vessels in your eyes, or if you have cataracts or glaucoma. If you have diabetic nerve damage in your feet, you may need to choose activities that don't put too much pressure on your feet. Even if you have to take it easy, you still have lots of exercise options. Your doctor should be able to advise you on what you can do, and may also recommend taking an exercise stress test.

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Blood Glucose Control and Exercise" and "Injury-Free Exercise -- 11 Quick Safety Tips." 

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "What I Need to Know About Physical Activity and Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association. , January 2014. Diabetes Care

Wayne Westcott, PhD, instructor of exercise science, Quincy College.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Blood Glucose Control and Exercise" and "Injury-Free Exercise -- 11 Quick Safety Tips." 

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "What I Need to Know About Physical Activity and Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association. , January 2014. Diabetes Care

Wayne Westcott, PhD, instructor of exercise science, Quincy College.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 12, 2018

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