For anyone with diabetes, child or adult, physical activity is a big part of taking care of your health. It has so many benefits! It keeps your glucose and blood pressure at healthy levels, lowers cholesterol, keeps heart and bones strong, reduces stress and helps to lower your weight. It will also reduce your risk for other serious problems and complications. It is important, though, to know your limits and what exercises to avoid in order to prevent injury.
If you have diabetes, here is a great list of exercise tips to print out and keep handy:
- Start by talking to your doctor and podiatrist about what kind of program is best for you.
- Take into consideration your daily schedule, meal plan and medicines and find a time of day suitable for exercise.
- If ketones are present in your blood or urine, avoid strenuous exercise as it could cause your glucose level to go even higher.
- If your feet have sustained nerve damage, opt for a lower impact exercise such as swimming to prevent injury.
- If you are going to be exercising for an extended period of time away from home, be prepared with food or a drink in case glucose levels get low.
- If you are starting a new exercise program, find a buddy who can be there to keep you accountable and safe.
- Aim to exercise 3-4 times a week for 20-60 min each time and monitor you glucose level before and after to know how the exercise is affecting you.
With any activity you choose, keep your feet safe with appropriate footwear and call podiatrist Dr. Harvey Danciger if you have any pain or notice any new symptoms. A minor problem can turn major in a hurry and lead to serious consequences. Call our office in Palm Desert, CA at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment today!