Diabetes is a major excuse to exercise.

Physical fitness is one of the most important tools to help control and prevent diabetes. Fitness not only improves insulin sensitivity, but is a natural way to decrease the amount of blood glucose (sugar) in the blood.

Fitness training has the potential to provide many benefits for people with diabetes, AND for people who have risk factors for diabetes, such as family history of diabetes and diabetes during pregnancy. See below for a list of possible benefits you may experience by increasing the amount of physical activity that you engage in.

Did You Know...

Whenever you move, your muscles burn blood glucose (sugar) for fuel. The more you move, the more you burn! That means better blood glucose control for most and better health for all!

Benefits of Exercising (to name a few):

  • Increased insulin sensitivity
  • Weight management
  • Improved blood lipid profile
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Improved circulation
  • Reduced stress

Risks of Inactivity (to name a few):

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Colon Cancer
  • Depression

Therefore, diabetes supports your lifestyle, not vice versa. Fitness should be a part of your daily routine. The hardest part is getting started, but you are already on the right path to a better you.

Guidelines for Exercise with Diabetes:

  • Consult your health care provider before starting an exercise program.
  • Find properly fitting shoes and check feet regularly.
  • Monitor blood sugar levels frequently, especially before and after exercise.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of HYPOGLYCEMIA.
  • Drink lots of water before, during and after working out.

Avoid problems by following these guidelines:

If your blood sugar is less than 70 mg/dL…

- hold off on exercise, follow safety precautions for low blood sugars

If your blood sugar is less then 100 mg/dL…

- eat 15g of Carbs before exercise

If your blood sugar is between 100 to 250 mg/dL…

- it is safe to exercise

If your blood sugar is above 240 mg/dL...

- test your urine for ketones…only exercise if no ketones are present

If your blood sugar is above 300 mg/dL...

- postpone exercise and consult your doctor

For more general information regarding fitness, browse the additional Fitness Web Links for knowledge and tips on how to get yourself physically fit!

Helpful Links:

Presidential Active Lifestyle Award
Native Wellness for Life Rewards Program
Seated Head to Toe Stretch

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