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Exercise has innumerable health benefits -- weight management, lowered blood pressure, and cholesterol management among them -- but people with diabetes are among those whose health can be most improved by regular physical activity. Exercise doesn't just help diabetics regulate blood sugar, but improves their glucose metabolism and reduces their risk of heart disease. Read on to learn tips on how to work out with diabetes!
Regular exercise can have significant, beneficial effects on both blood sugar and insulin sensitivity. When you exercise:
All forms of exercise -- aerobic, resistance, and combined training -- have been shown to be equally effective at lowering blood sugar, although combining aerobic and resistance training has the largest impact on lowering insulin resistance.
Physical activity can lower your blood sugar for 24 hours or more after exercise, which can put you at risk for hypoglycemia if your insulin dose or carbohydrate intake isn't adjusted for exercise. Make sure to check your blood sugar before any physical activity, and consult with your diabetes care team before you begin an exercise regimen.
If you experience hypoglycemia during or after exercise, treat it by following the 15-15 Rule.
The 15-15 Rule:
If hypoglycemia is an obstacle to regular physical activity, speak to your healthcare provider about the best treatment plan for you.
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Please consult your doctor or other qualified medical professional before stopping or starting any medications, supplements, or health regimens.