Diabetes Care

Topic: Exercise Precautions

Exercise Precautions

  1. You should discuss health risks with your doctor first before starting your exercise plan step by step.
  2. You should measure your blood glucose before exercising. When the blood glucose level is higher than 250 mg/dL(13.9 mmol/L), it is recommended to suspend your exercise plan because it means you have insulin deficiency. Type 1 diabetes easily triggers Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). If your blood glucose level is lower than 100 mg/dL(5.6 mmol/L), you should take some snacks before starting your exercise plan. 
  3. You should exercise with your friends in case of an emergency.
  4. Remember to bring candy so you can eat some when your blood sugar level drops too low. 
  5. You should wear proper shoes and avoid exercising with bare feet to prevent yourself from getting hurt. 
  6. You should do aerobic exercise for 5 to 10 minute as a warm-up before your workout. You can improve and sustain the intensity of the exercise for longer. Finally, you can a cool-down after exercising to relax your body. 
  7. If you exercise for more than 1 hour, you should test your blood glucose level.
  8. You should monitor your blood glucose level after exercise to prevent hypoglycemia after exercise.

Source: American Diabetes Association

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