Exercise provides huge benefits for diabetics. It helps lower the blood sugar levels and helps the body to use insulin. Also helps avoid complications by improving circulation in arms, legs and helps reduce nerve pains and most definitely with reducing weight. Check first with your doctor and he can suggest what is best for you.
With diabetes it is best to eat before exercising 1-3 hours. Before you start, check your blood sugar levels and if you are below 100 mg/dl eat a small snack, but if you are 250 mg/dl do not exercise. Instead check with your doctor. When exercising if you feel shaky, anxious or faint, weak, confused or are sweating more than usual, or get a headache—You should stop immediately. Check your blood sugar levels and if low, eat small snack and recheck after 15 minutes.
Watch your feet to protect against injuries. Wear cotton socks and shoes that have lot of toe room. Check your feet before/after exercise for blisters, cuts, bumps or redness.
Always carry your medial ID bracelet/necklace and fast acting carbs that can raise your blood sugar levels if you go low like hard candy, glucose tablets, small box of raisins and always remember to drink fluids, before, during and after exercise.
Even to use small arm weights sitting in a chair helps. Baby steps help us to move a little further each day against our fight with diabetes!
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