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Is there any risk to exercising with type 2 diabetes?

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Exercise is one of the best ways to manage type 2 diabetes. It makes your cells use insulin better and can help keep your blood sugar in a healthy range. It also helps your cells take in that sugar.

Be careful, though: If you take insulin or certain diabetes medications, a workout can send your levels too low, a condition called hypoglycemia.

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: “Blood Glucose Control and Exercise,” “DKA (Ketoacidosis) & Ketones,” “Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Glucose).”

Lakewood Hospital/Cleveland Clinic. “Type 2 Diabetes: Pre-Exercise Blood Sugar Guidelines.”

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

Joslin Diabetes Center: “Why Do Blood Glucose Levels Sometimes Go Up after Physical Activity?”, “Why Is My Blood Glucose Sometimes Low after Physical Activity?” Why Can’t I Exercise with Ketones?”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: “Blood Glucose Control and Exercise,” “DKA (Ketoacidosis) & Ketones,” “Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Glucose).”

Lakewood Hospital/Cleveland Clinic. “Type 2 Diabetes: Pre-Exercise Blood Sugar Guidelines.”

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

Joslin Diabetes Center: “Why Do Blood Glucose Levels Sometimes Go Up after Physical Activity?”, “Why Is My Blood Glucose Sometimes Low after Physical Activity?” Why Can’t I Exercise with Ketones?”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 12, 2018

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