Exercise and diabetes

Regular exercise helps your body lower blood glucose levels, promotes weight loss, reduces stress and enhances overall fitness and enjoyment of life.

  • Talk to your diabetes health care team to learn how to adjust your insulin and diet or food intake to prevent low blood glucose levels while exercising.
  • Carry some form of sugar with you along with some extra food.
  • Carry your meter with you. Be prepared to stop and test your blood glucose levels during exercise should you feel symptoms of high or low glucose levels.
  • Don’t exercise if you have very high glucose levels or are ill.
  • Wear an identification bracelet.
  • Carry a record of the names and amount of insulin you use and any other medications which you use regularly.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and socks.
  • Test your blood glucose before exercising. You may need extra food before you start.
  • Stop exercising if you feel any pain or feel tired.
  • Always check with your doctor before starting any exercise routine, especially if you have led an inactive lifestyle.