What are the effects of Exercise on Blood Sugar?

By pixsidust Latest Reply 2011-05-21 10:55:17 -0500
Started 2011-04-09 11:32:31 -0500

Spring has arrived, windows are opened and the world comes out its doors. The feel of sun and cool breezes make me feel energized and I find myself walking my dog longer and taking trips to our neighborhood park.

This small park has permanent exercise equipment with resistance created by your own body weight or the machine weight. There are rowing machines, scissor kick machines, seated bench press, shoulder press, squats and others. There is also a small track around it, taken 5 times is a mile.

I took the trek to the park and set out to walk and try my hand at using their equipment. I did more of some exercises and less of others but did what I could. Afterwards I walked the two blocks home feeling well satisfied at my effort.

I tested about an hour later and got my first 78 Blood glucose. So I started experimenting. At lunch would test my blood sugar after I ate, and then walk the halls briskly a few times taking the stairs up and down. I would then retest to find I went from 113 BG down to 94 with just 10 minutes of movement.

What are exactly the effects of exercise on blood glucose? Can it be used, when you eat too many carbohydrates to bring balance back? What are the things to look out for? What should I take with me to the park? Hydration is always important. Does this play a role with exercise to bring your blood sugars down?

7 replies

amyspeer 2011-04-10 08:25:30 -0500 Report

Hi pixsidust, yes exercise can bring your blood sugar done a whole lot, please if your blood sugar is lower that 100 before you start exercising make sure you eat a snack, so that you do not have to exepercie really low blood sugar as they can make you have a headache or have numbness in diffrent parts of your body.

pixsidust 2011-04-10 09:03:39 -0500 Report

I have a lot of headaches. I thought it was just my sinuses/allergies. Thanks so much for your words of wisdom. This is really a fine tuned art of daily balancing to survive with as much health possible

sisson 2011-04-09 23:53:03 -0500 Report

Hi Pixsidust
Yea you should eat a little something before you go for go on your because I have the same problem if I don't eat enough my bs will go to high so I need to eat someting or walk more or drink some cold water. I don't know how long ago you were diganoed but my body changed all the time I never no what is going to happen next.
Just keep a cell phone all ways ware a braclet if you have one and carry some food and water with you at all times. And if you can when it's to hot never walk alone. Take care Penny

pixsidust 2011-04-10 09:00:24 -0500 Report

Thanks Penny, I was diagnosed Feb 17, 2011 and this is all new to me. Thats why you see these "brand new world" discussions from me. I am type 2 and out of shape, so walking is the best thing I can do. I have experienced blurry eyesight that returned to normal after three weeks and burning feet. Is there anything else I am in store for?

sisson 2011-04-10 13:04:23 -0500 Report

Hi Pixsdust
Since I don't know where you live but I sudjust that if you can find a borders by you and get a book called (WALK AWAY THE POUNDS) BY: Leslie Sansone it has a dvd in it and it is alot of fun and you won't get bord at all because you walk and she puts excisie movements along with it. In till you can get use to your body. Pixsdust we can all give you advice wich I love to do and don't mind do as you can see it's sad to say but you have to learn your wone body it took me years and sometime I think that I'm still learning it after 18 years because everyday is a new day when I wake up and that's if I stay awake. My husband gos to work at 7 and I go back to bed and don't get back up in till any time between 10 or 12 which is so-so bad I had stop doing that for along time and I've started all over again and hate that about myself so I have to start all over again with staying awake and doing my exercieing in the moring and doing the wii at night.
Good luck and take care and keep in trouch your New Friend Penny

kdroberts 2011-04-09 11:40:59 -0500 Report

At a very basic level, exercise decreases insulin resistance which leads to lower blood sugars for, in some cases, up to 48 hours after activity. However, it can also lead to short term high blood sugars if you haven't eaten enough before hand or are doing a lot of short duration, high energy activity like sprinting.

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