Date: 18 May 2009
Exercise is important for diabetics because it helps you to
- improve your blood glucose control by using glucose more efficiently
- reduce your insulin or oral medication (tablets) requirements by helping your body cells take up glucose for energy
- strengthen your heart
- control your weight
- relieve stress.
- Consult a doctor before you start any exercise programme.
- For Type 1 diabetics, check your blood glucose level before you start on your exercise and after you have exercised.
- Never exercise on an empty stomach. You may collapse. Have a snack about 1 to 3 hours before you exercise.
- Always carry some quick-acting source of sugar with you, such as sweets and glucose tablets. Such an item will come in handy if you experience low blood sugar during your exercise.
- Use proper-fitting footwear
- Slow down if you feel giddy, sweat profusely, your heart beats very hard and fast and you feel chest pains.