Controlling Blood Sugar Levels During Exercise

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-10-20 17:48:31 -0500
Started 2013-06-17 08:05:21 -0500

This is one of the hardest things to do sometimes. You get into your exercise routine and focused and then, BAM! Those lows can really hit hard. Knowing what to do before you start and during your exercise routine can be the difference between a successful exercise time and one you never want to repeat. This article is really good and offers before, during and after tips as well as some of the great benefits to keeping a regular exercise routine in our schedules.

By Everyday Health

Exercise should be part of your diabetes management plan, but you need to take certain precautions. Use these strategies to manage blood sugar levels during your workouts.

By Wyatt Myers
Medically reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH

Exercise is critically important for a successful diabetes management plan. When you speak to physicians who treat diabetes, they can’t emphasize this point enough. “No drug can do what exercise does for diabetes,” says Betul Hatipoglu, MD, a physician in the Cleveland Clinic’s department of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism.

One benefit is that exercise helps lower the amount of sugar in the blood. “The effects often last 12 to 14 hours,” says Dr. Hatipoglu. Regular exercise offers longer-lasting benefits as well, including controlled blood sugar, improved cholesterol levels, weight management, and lower blood pressure.

Unfortunately, many people with type 2 diabetes tend to avoid exercise. Like anyone else, people with diabetes may choose not to exercise because they can’t find the time, lack motivation, or just don’t like to work out. Another reason may be a fear that exercise will cause problems with controlling blood sugar levels and even bring on symptoms of low blood sugar, such as weakness and fatigue.

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6 replies

nixwix 2013-06-17 09:33:14 -0500 Report

Hi Gaby,
Nice to meet you and thanks for the interesting information.
I often wonder what happens when hypoglycemia gets in the way of exercising.
I found a nicely written article talking about Sex and Diabetes. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did

GabbyPA 2013-06-19 08:35:09 -0500 Report

Exercise comes in all forms...and so do lows. Knowing what to do in any situation is vital to enjoying what we do and not dropping into a low as we do it.

jigsaw 2013-06-17 08:32:55 -0500 Report

I find that exercise is absolutely critical to good blood glucose mgmt. A simple 20 minute walk around the block can have substantial impact on my readings. The older I get, the more meticulous I have to be to maintain good readings. Light exercise has become a habit as well as a part of my lifestyle. I also feel better all day, even with a simple walk around the block. I find the best time for me to exercise is shortly after a meal. My Blood glucose is usually elevated at that time, and a brisk walk will get it and keep it within an acceptable range. If I exercise with a reading that is in the low normal range to begin with, then my blood glucose level will probably go lower then I would like. Always a good idea to keep some carbs handy when exercising.

GabbyPA 2013-06-19 08:32:54 -0500 Report

I doesn't take a whole lot. And like you said, it sets the mood for your day. Doing it daily helps to keep the glucose burning machine working. It's a good thing for sure.

tabby9146 2013-06-23 22:23:25 -0500 Report

I love it and now don't know what I would do without exercise. It does set the mood for the day for sure. When I can get it in the morning, even only 10 mins. I feel better, I have more energy, I am so not a morning person ,and then I do about 30 late in the afternoon.

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