When you have diabetes, it's important to get regular exercise because it helps control your blood sugar level. You can still play sports, run, ride bikes, go swimming, and do other activities when you have diabetes.
Your body turns the food you eat into glucose, a type of sugar. You need this sugar for energy. When you have diabetes, the sugar builds up in your blood. But when you exercise, your body uses sugar. This helps keep it from building up in your blood and results in lower blood sugar and better control of diabetes.
Exercise may help you in other ways too. It can help you reach and stay at a healthy weight. It also helps improve blood pressure and cholesterol, which can reduce the risk of heart disease.
Exercise can make you feel stronger and happier. It can help you relax and sleep better, and give you confidence in other things you do.
Before you start a new exercise program, talk to your doctor about how and when to exercise. You may need to have a medical examination and tests before you begin. Some types of exercise can be harmful if your diabetes is causing other problems, such as problems with your feet. Your doctor can tell you what types of exercise are good choices for you.
These tips can help you exercise safely when you have diabetes.
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Current as of: March 13, 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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