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Exercise Tips For People With Diabetes

Exercise is super beneficial for diabetics. It helps maintain a healthy weight, reduces the risk of heart disease and promotes better blood sugar control.

Introduction

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The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends consulting your doctor to decide the best exercise for you. 

Ask your doctor

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Your doctor will also evaluate if you need to change your meals, insulin, or diabetic medicines. 

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It is always safer to start with some form of mild aerobic exercise, which helps strengthen the heart and the lungs, like walking, dancing, etc. 

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If your workout is longer than an hour, check your blood sugar levels during the workout to see if you need a snack in case the sugar values dip.

Check blood sugars

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Since exercising can lower the blood sugar levels in diabetics, it is important to keep a small carbohydrate snack like fruit, energy bar, etc. in case your blood sugar drops low.

Carry carbs

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Diabetics must take extra care of their feet and wear athletic shoes that are in good shape and are the right type for the kind of activity.

Footcare 

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The shoes must fit well and give the right support. Check your feet daily for any blisters, cuts, redness, or sores and let your doctor know if you notice any.

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Make sure you're well hydrated while exercising. Drink water not just before but also during and after exercising even if you're not thirsty.

Stay hydrated 

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Exercises like pushups, lunges, and squats, which use your own body weight help improve blood sugar control. 

Try strength training

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Gradually increase your pace - do not rush into a workout. Stop exercising if you feel weak or dizzy, confused or if you are sweating more than usual. 

Take it easy 

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Exercise, eat, and take your medicines at the same time each day to prevent low blood sugar. The benefits of exercising lies in its consistency.

Be regular

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