It's important for children with diabetes to be physically active. Encourage your child to do the same activities that other kids do. Your child can still play sports, run on the playground, ride bikes, swim—just like other kids. It just takes a little more planning and preparing than it did before.
Kids use the sugar they get from food to give them energy. Getting exercise and being physically active helps their bodies use up extra energy. This means that sugar doesn't build up in their blood. Controlling their blood sugar helps children control their diabetes.
Exercise may help children in other ways too. For example, it may help to make their hearts, muscles, and bones stronger. Some kids who get enough exercise are able to take less medicine. Talk to your doctor about this.
Exercise can make children feel stronger and happier. It can help them relax and sleep better. And it gives them confidence in other things they do.
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Current as of: December 7, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & David C. W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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