Exercising with Diabetes
If you are diagnosed with diabetes, exercise should become an essential part to your daily routine. Adequate exercise includes walking briskly three times a week for 45 minutes at a time. Exercise also lowers cholesterol, stabilizes blood pressure, improves mood, boosts self-confidence, enhances the effectiveness of insulin, and prolongs lifespan.
However, managing your blood sugar is crucial to a safe exercise plan. You should check it before, during, and after your session. A test thirty minutes before you plan to begin will indicate whether exercise is safe. Be aware of your sugar levels during exercise and make sure you monitor your sugar level closely several hours after you finish.
You must also take special care of your feet when you exercise. Diabetics have an increased risk for neuropathy, and/or poor circulation, which makes you vulnerable to injury and infection. Thus, it is important to choose proper footwear. A protective exercise shoe has ample toe room, accurately cushions the ball of the foot, and stabilizes the heel. Since exercise places extra stress on your feet, you must be check for signs of injury. Do daily checks for cuts, sores, swelling, and infected nails, both before and after exercise. Wiggle your toes for five minutes, once before and once after exercise. If your feet are severely affected by neuropathy, try seated activity. Chair-based stretching and strengthening enhances everyday functioning.
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