Managing regular exercise is challenging, regardless of your condition. But those with a risk of low blood sugars may find fitting exercise into their routine to be downright scary. Between figuring out medication dosing, or the timing of meals, exercise and glucose checks, exercising with Diabetes can become confusing, and preventing low glucose when you take insulin or glucose-lowering medications is a delicate balance.
You may have been told to reduce or stop exercise with your current or recent condition. Under most circumstances, reducing exercise is acceptable, but if you have been told to stop exercise altogether, there are likely still some movements you can do, with restrictions. Movement is good for the body, and the mind. Here are some reasons why your doctor may recommend that you slow or stop exercise, and what you can do about it.
Before you developed glucose intolerance, no matter what you ate or how active you were, your blood glucose (sugar) levels stayed within a normal range. But now, you may be realizing that many factors and habits can change your blood glucose levels. Learning about these factors can help you control them.
You may be told by your doctor or dietitian that exercise help with blood sugar management, but you may see your blood sugar level rises after exercising. This article will explain the elevated reading and give you some guidance about exercise and blood sugar levels.
Evening workouts provide the same benefit as a morning workout routine, but evening workouts can throw off many daily patterns, especially for eating, and especially in the evening.
People taking insulin or insulin secretagogues are at risk for hypoglycemia, or low blood sugars, if their food or medications aren’t adjusted to account for exercise.
The main source of energy for the body is sugar. Muscles, especially, use a lot of sugar when they contract during exercise. Many doctors and dietitians recommend adding exercise to a workout routine to complement the action of medications and keep blood sugars controlled.
If you have limited mobility, time, money, or space, here are some exercises that you can do at home to isolate and strengthen different muscle groups. The goal with these exercises is to hold a position without moving for as long as you can. This is a great way of building muscle.