Exercise help

By itskeanica Latest Reply 2012-04-27 13:43:17 -0500
Started 2012-04-24 22:35:40 -0500

Hello everyone,

I am new to the community. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2005, and I ignored it until 2007. Since I decided to embrace my diagnoses I would like to start exercising. I lack self motivation to get up and start exercising.
When I get depressed or stressed I eat, then guilt sets in and I eat..

I would like to start a healthy exercise routine. However when I exercise, my blood sugar drops.

Any advice on how to avoid this or different exercise routines will be greatly appreciated.

7 replies

JoleneAL 2012-04-27 13:43:17 -0500 Report

I walk, so before I go to the gym or hit the sub-division, I check my check levels. I take with my some liquid glucose so its available should I start going crashing. After I get done walking at the gym, I drink half of it before driving. When I get home I check my levels. If I walk around the sub-division, I check when I get home and then another 30 minutes afterward.

Caroltoo 2012-04-25 11:31:23 -0500 Report

I may put this up as a discussion later today, but for now, it may help answer some of the questions you raised in this discussion.

7 Steps to Safe Exercise with Diabetes

You know exercise is key to better living with diabetes. It enhances insulin sensitivity and lowers blood sugar levels. But if you have diabetes, you need to take extra safety precautions whenever you work out.
1.Check with your doc. If you're overweight or have high blood pressure, a heart condition, or vision or foot problems, talk to your doctor before starting an exercise routine. Ask which kind of exercise — and how much — is safe for you. To prevent you from overdoing it, your doctor may ask you to break up your daily workout into mini sessions.
2.Measure your blood sugar level before, during, and after exercise. If your blood sugar is too high or too low, or if you have ketones in your blood or urine, avoid strenuous physical activity. In some people with diabetes, exercise can actually worsen high or low blood sugar.
3.Fuel up. If your blood sugar is below 100 mg/dL, eat something light before you exercise. Keep a carb-rich snack, such as fruit, crackers, or rice cakes (or glucose tablets) on hand in case your blood sugar drops too low.
4.Hydrate. Diabetes can inhibit the brain's signal for thirst and lead to dehydration. Be sure to drink extra water before, during, and after exercise.
5.Avoid hot weather workouts. Some folks with diabetes lose the ability to regulate body temperature. (This is caused when diabetes disrupts the body's autonomic nervous system, which inhibits normal blood flow to the skin and the ability to sweat.) Avoid heat exhaustion by exercising indoors on very hot days.
6.Take care of your feet. Diabetes can cause numbness and decreased blood circulation in the feet (peripheral neuropathy). Wear shoes that fit well, never exercise barefoot, and inspect your feet before and after every workout. Treat any blisters, abrasions, or injuries promptly.
7.Wear a medical ID tag whenever you exercise. If an emergency arises, it will alert caregivers that you have diabetes.

Nick1962 2012-04-25 08:12:28 -0500 Report

Like most below suggest, I always have some form of higher protein snack before I start - a lettuce wrap with some turkey or chicken, some tuna salad, beef jerky, etc. and depending on the workout, i have something waiting after I'm finished. the motivation part gets easier once you've established a routine and make it a part of your day.
Oh and welcome to the party!

TsalagiLenape 2012-04-25 05:58:16 -0500 Report

Well first off, read up the advice on here below. There is lots so go thru them and see what works for you. If your bg's are low after exercise, have a healthy snack and water waiting for you. ALso Dance! WHy? Because its fun and healthy. Talk to your doctor. ANything that helps you move. Hope this helps twas not meant to offend. Hugs

Set apart
Set apart 2012-04-25 05:45:23 -0500 Report

As a T1 my educator said to check BG before exercising eat a snack with carbs if a little low. I also check afterwards to make sure I am not too low. When I hike our mountain area, I drop so I usually have a sweet fruit with me, hope this helps. I am on insulin!

Caroltoo 2012-04-25 03:31:43 -0500 Report

I don't think I know enough about your treatment regimen to answer that. If you are using insulin, I think the answer might be different.

I'm Type 2 and not on medications. When I exercise for at least 1/2 hour, my BGs drop too, but they never go below 75 or 80. If I were concerned about that drop, I would have a protein and carb snack before beginning to exercise and carry a snack and some water with me where ever I go in the process of exercising.

I walk as my primary exercise. When struggling to get going, I promised myself I would get on the treadmill or go outside for a walk every day. One morning, when feeling totally unmotivated, I found myself doing just that — standing on the treadmill. When I realized what I was doing, I had a good laugh and went for a walk.

Keep trying, but be kind to yourself. You will find what motivates you because you want to make change happen.

peterjohn1 2012-04-25 05:07:11 -0500 Report

Well my father also have diabetes but he does exercise which keeps him fit and energetic and his sugar level in also in control . He uses to eat bowled vegetables and eat apple and peach which are good for him . I think you need to discuss with your doctor if you have low blood sugar while exercising . He would suggest best advice and treatment for this .