Diabetes and exercise go together inseparably. Whether we are at the gym doing workouts or taking a jog around with a neighborhood, making exercise part of your daily habit can help you enjoy life even with diabetes. According to the 2008 American Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Recommendations advises that certain long-term complications may in reality require even greater care when exercising. Hence, communicate with your doctor before starting any exercise routine.
What are the advantages of exercise for diabetes?
- Help control your weight and minimize your blood sugar level.
- Lowers the risk of heart disease that is usual in people who have diabetes
- Help you feel good about yourself and improve your overall health.
What form of exercise recommended for a diabetic?
- It mainly depends upon your health condition. If you have other health problems, your doctor will probably recommend exercises that will take lightly on your health. Most of them are in the form of aerobic exercise, walking, jogging, and bicycling. It can make you breathe more deeply and make your heart work harder.
- Before taking any kind of exercise, warm up before you start and cool down when you are done. Stretch and have a low-intensity exercise such as walking that is good for 5-10 minutes. After this, try to cool down and repeat the same cycle.
What are the disadvantages of exercising for diabetic people?
There is not anything much in terms of disadvantage to exercise. It is because the advantages are far greater than the risks. It changes the way your body reacts to insulin, so keep doing your regular exercise.
- Pay attention on what you are feeling while doing the exercise because you might experience hypoglycemia. This is a condition when your blood sugar is abnormally low that gives a feeling of anxiety, change in heartbeat, shaky or suddenly begin to sweet more than normal. In this case, you need to wait until the level improves or check first with your doctor on what level of blood glucose you should maintain before and after the exercise.
- Make sure you do not exercise in extreme environment conditions such as hot or cold. Temperature changes how your body absorbs insulin.
What else a diabetic person should keep in mind when exercising?
- Wear the proper shoes and socks to avoid getting blisters on your feet or sores. People with diabetes typically have problems in their feet and legs also called as diabetic neuropathy. A regular checking of feet for blisters or sores is advisable before and after exercising.
- Drink plenty of fluid before, during and after exercising. Your body uses more fluid to keep you cool so better avoid dehydration by drinking a lot of fluids.