Important tips for diabetics when exercising

 Important tips for diabetics when exercising

Due to the role of physical activity in controlling the level of diabetes in the blood, exercise is an important part of the diabetes treatment plan.

In addition to the well-known benefits of exercise, exercise also improves insulin action in patients with diabetes, and prevents

 complications from diabetes patients, as well as exercise relieves tension, stress and anxiety, improves the level of concentration and reduces the feeling of hunger.

Therefore, a diabetic should not be afraid to exercise, but it is important to remember that diabetics should be careful and careful when exercising, so as not to cause themselves harm because of their disease.

What are the most important tips for diabetics when exercising, as mentioned in the most important medical websites.

Important tips for diabetics when exercising

Before beginning any exercise, a person with diabetes must have a doctor's approval to exercise. 

Your doctor can also suggest the best time to exercise and explain the potential effect of medications on your blood sugar as you become more active.

Diabetics should start exercising slowly and gradually increase the number of times, and should strive to exercise for at least half an

 hour, 5 days a week, or as recommended by their health care provider. The patient can divide half an hour into three sessions of 10 minutes each.

If you take insulin or other medications that can cause low blood sugar, test your blood sugar 15 to 30 minutes before exercise. 

If you don't take diabetes medications or don't use medications normally associated with low blood sugar levels, you probably won't

 need to take any special precautions before exercising so you should just consult with your doctor.

If you are planning to do extensive exercise, check your blood sugar level every 30 minutes; Especially if you're trying a new activity or increasing the intensity or duration of your training. 

Checking every half hour makes it possible to know whether the blood sugar level is stable, high or low sugar, and whether it is safe to continue sports training.

Stop exercising if your blood sugar level is 70 mg/dL (3.9 mmol/L) or lower and if you feel shaky, weak or confused.

Don't hesitate to stop exercising if you need to drink water or eat sugar because you feel low in blood sugar, and also don't hesitate to go to the bathroom.

When you go out to exercise at the gym or walk or any other sport outside the house, you should take a little sugar with you, such as a

 glass and a half of fruit juice, or 5 candy bars or glucose cubes, in case your blood sugar level drops while you are far from home.

Check your blood sugar level immediately after you finish exercising, and then check it several times during the next few hours, and low blood sugar may occur even between 4 and 8 hours after exercise. 

Here, eating a snack that contains a slower-acting carb, such as a granola or a mix of nuts, after exercise can help prevent a drop in your blood sugar.

The shoes must be suitable for the type of sport you play, to prevent injuries and cuts to the feet. Also, it is recommended to wear special sports socks made of polyester to prevent excessive friction that can cause injury.

The types of sports recommended for diabetics are aerobic exercises such as walking, jogging, jogging, skiing, tennis, rowing, jumping rope, dancing, swimming, cycling, basketball, yoga, exercise bike and treadmill.

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