Diabetic patients are advised by doctors to regularly undergo exercise and physical fitness sessions to maintain their health. The bodies of patients diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes lose the ability to produce insulin in enough quantity to consume or burn sugar in normal diet to translate into energy, while those diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes even have to put up with dangerously low levels of insulin in the body. This is where the importance of regular exercise becomes so evident since exercise allows diabetics to effectively burn sugar that enters their body with diet, significantly reducing their sugar levels. At the same time studies suggest that the threat of cardiovascular disease is almost eliminated in diabetics due to exercise.
Regular exercise is the best way to go about for all diabetes patients, so any diabetic reading this article should seriously consider starting regular workout and recommend the same to fellow diabetics. However, starting your campaign on a mild note is a good thing to do, so you need to undertake basic exercises such as walking in the beginning and only move on to more advanced exercises once your body is ready for it. Doctors also recommend exercises such as running, bicycling and swimming as beginner level exercises that can be safely adopted. Irrespective of the type of exercise you want to infuse in your daily routine, you have to adhere to the one primary rule of exercising, which is to keep your workout short in the first few days and gradually extend its duration.
While picking a particular exercise, make sure you are fully aware of the state of your body and if your body can really put up with it. For instance, most diabetes patients find it very hard to adopt running as a regular exercise because their feet are very fragile. At the same time engaging in heavy weight lifting exercises can also push your body to the limits and may even cause severe blood pressure problems. If you are accustomed of exercising in a gym or a public place away from your home, then it is recommended that your ID band should accompany you so that people around you can know that you are a diabetic by seeing the universal diabetic sign on this band and help you accordingly in case of an emergency. You also need to organize some pre-exercise activities such as looking up carbohydrates levels in your body along with the suitability of your medicines and insulin dosage with the exercise you are about to perform.
People suffering from diabetes must closely scrutinize their endurance and state of health before they decide to switch gears and adopt more hectic exercises such as swimming and cardio strength exercises. Regular workout in the gym can be of great help in allowing your body to cope up with whatever type of exercise you wish to undertake. The best thing is to look to go through sessions ranging from 30 to 40 minutes on a daily basis, or a few times each week, if your body cannot withstand daily exercise. You need to remind yourself of the fact that you must undergo stretching before and after an exercising session to ensure that you can avoid any calamitous injury during exercising. Getting yourself a pair of comfy socks and joggers can also do a world of good to preserve your feet during workout.
Exercise will surely bring changes in your body, particularly your blood sugar level. But that is not the only change, and those changes will not always be pleasant. Your condition could even worsen at times, especially if you exert too much. If you start feeling unwell, and when your body starts telling you that there is something wrong, then it is better to stop the exercise. If your blood sugar level exceeds 300 mg/dl, then you should stop the exercise. You should also stop working out if your blood sugar level lowers than 100 mg/dl during the session.
There are various other more obvious symptoms as well which alert patients to stop exercising including feeling of pain, having problems in breathing and numbness in legs and abdomen. In case your urine tests show positive results for ketones, then this is a fair indication that you should give up doing exercise for a few days. You should also get awareness about the causes and symptoms of Hypoglycemia and consult your physician about its seriousness.