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Here are a few simple things you can do to help prevent injuries, dehydration, and hypoglycemia when exercising: If you have never been active or haven’t been active for a while, start slowly. If you feel unsure about your health, talk to your health care Warm up for 5 minutes before starting. Because of the dangers associated with diabetes, always wear a medical alert bracelet indicating that you have diabetes and whether you take insulin. Also, keep hard candy or glucose tablets with you while exercising in case your blood sugar drops precipitously.

Get moving to manage your blood sugar or reverse prediabetes Get the green light from your doctor. If you’re just starting out, talk with someone on your health care team—your Schedule. Keep water and snacks handy. You need to stay hydrated when you have diabetes. Becoming dehydrated can affect the concentration of glucose in your blood.

Be sure to drink plenty of. Exercising with diabetes complications. Learn more about exercising safely with specific diabetes complications. Injury-free exercise: 11 quick safety tips.

There are a few simple things you can do to help prevent injuries, dehydration, and hypoglycemia when exercising. Stay well hydrated before, during, and after your workout. Exercise with a workout buddy when you can. This is particular important if you exercise outdoors at night or live in a remote area.

Take a snack with you when you exercise. A small box of raisins, glucose gel, or glucose tablets. Experts also recommend that children — even those with type 1 diabetes — participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity every day. If you’re taking insulin or other medications that can cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), test your blood sugar.

The impact and benefits of exercise with T1D. Christel Oerum has been living with type 1 diabetes since she was 19. She’s an LA-based personal trainer, author, and co-founder of Diabetes. Nutrition 1) Talk to your health care team about which activities are safest for you.

Your health care provider’s advice will 2) Warm up for 5 minutes before starting to exercise and cool down for 5 minutes after. Your warm up or cool down should 3) Avoid doing activity in extremely hot. Exercise can improve your health and your outlook on life.

Because you have diabetes, however, it pays to be doubly careful not to injure yourself or upset your diabetes control. Follow the safe exercise basic guidelines that everyone who exercises needs to know. And you’ll want to add some extra safety steps that take your diabetes.

List of related literature:

Key safety recommendations for the young athlete with type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM) include: • Always wear medical alert identification.

“Pediatric Primary Care E-Book” by Catherine E. Burns, Ardys M. Dunn, Margaret A. Brady, Nancy Barber Starr, Catherine G. Blosser, Dawn Lee Garzon Maaks
from Pediatric Primary Care E-Book
by Catherine E. Burns, Ardys M. Dunn, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2012

The person with type 1 diabetes should avoid exercise during the peak time of insulin activity to prevent a precipitous drop in blood glucose levels.

“The Biophysical Foundations of Human Movement” by Bruce Abernethy, Stephanie J. Hanrahan, Vaughan Kippers, Laurel T. Mackinnon, Marcus G. Pandy
from The Biophysical Foundations of Human Movement
by Bruce Abernethy, Stephanie J. Hanrahan, et. al.
Human Kinetics, 2005

Many clients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes can exercise safely if their condition is managed well and they know how to recognise signs and symptoms of hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose levels) or hyperglycaemia (high blood glucose levels).

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by Rosemary Marchese, Julie Taylor, Kirsten Fagan
Cengage Learning Australia, 2019

Second, diabetics should never exercise alone and should always carry medical identification and supplemental carbohydrates.

“Essentials of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy E-Book” by Ellen Hillegass
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by Ellen Hillegass
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Second, diabetics should never exercise alone and should always carry medical identification and supplemental CHO.

“Essentials of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy E-Book” by Ellen Hillegass, H. Steven Sadowsky
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by Ellen Hillegass, H. Steven Sadowsky
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EB: “Regular exercise has been shown to improve blood glucose control, reduce cardiovascular risk factors, contribute to weight loss, and improve well-being…regular exercise may prevent type 2 diabetes in high-risk individuals” (ADA, 2012a).

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Teaching topics should include the safety rules of exercising, which include wearing a medical alert bracelet, checking blood glucose before exercise, identifying signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, carrying a source of carbohydrate, and avoiding dehydration.

“Gerontologic Nursing E-Book” by Sue E. Meiner, Jennifer J. Yeager
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For the person with type 1 diabetes, exercise increases glucose disposal and decreases insulin requirements on exercise days.

“Guidelines for Cardia Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Programs-5th Edition (with Web Resource)” by American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation
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by American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation
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Diabetic patients can safely exercise and are encouraged to do so by most diabetes care guidelines.

“Handbook of Dialysis Therapy E-Book” by Allen R. Nissenson, Richard E. Fine
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by Allen R. Nissenson, Richard E. Fine
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Because exercise decreases blood sugar levels, the level of training should be increased slowly, and frequent adjustments in diet or insulin doses must be made.

“Athletic Training and Sports Medicine” by Robert C. Schenck, Ronnie P. Barnes, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Robert S. Behnke
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  • Kudos for the Video clip! Apologies for butting in, I would love your opinion. Have you researched Patlarny Sugar Outcome Principle (probably on Google)? It is a great one of a kind product for reversing diabetes minus the normal expense. Ive heard some awesome things about it and my cooworker after many years got astronomical success with it.

  • I been exercising alot. I either have it go well. Or i wind up hi. Not low usually. Unless i exercise late and go to bed then it might

  • Thanks for the video, I am still a little confused though. I have been on a 4 day fast, I have managed to get my basal insulin levels to keep me in the 4 to 6 range. This evening, I did a test, and I was 4.6, and so, a 10 mile bike ride at normal pace, was what I decided to do. I was, at points, exhausted because in North wales, where I live, there are a number of hills. My thought is that after I had been on the fast for 3 days, my muscle glycogen and liver glycogen had all been eliminated, and my fuel can only come from fat yet, when I got home after the ride, I tested, and it was 8.7 nightmare! Before my fast, I was doing keto, and I am able to keep my levels stable, but this episode has got me thinking what on earth is going on with my blood sugars? Any ideas?

  • What the best time to exercise as a type 1 diabetic how to keep your blood sugars from going low and how low is too low to exercise or too high to exercise I would like to support people how don’t get support they need it.
    Tamara Guarnett

  • Hi pretty!
    There is NO DOUBT that Diabetes is LINKED to a state of deficiency in Minerals, including some overlooked trace minerals.. This is just a normal Phenomenon of Homeostatic IMBALANCE.
    * The trick here is to found out whether this deficiency and imbalance is caused PURELY by dietary deficiency, or by TOXINS that MAY act as Nutrient Blockers or Robbers….
    * Toxins in Biological, Physical, Chemical or in Radiological forms can all Interfere with human minerals and also Cause Deficiencies….
    * Lack of vitamins and or enzymes can interfere with proper mineral conversion and Bioavailability…
    * Lack of Beneficial gut Microorganisms can affect mineral and vitamin production and Bioavailability.
    * Intestinal Gut integrity, or a leaky gut will affect Mineral
    absorption capacity…
    * Underlying illness or Infections will affect vitamin and mineral biovailability….
    Each person with the Disease should be considered as an INDIVIDUAL case…
    * Its already well established that there are many different Diabetogens capable of triggering the disease,,, like sugar, fat, Chemicals, viruses, fungi, intestinal worms, etc, and also mineral deficiencies in the absence of these…
    * Addressing the potential presence of Toxins,, Restoring Optimal Gut microorganisms,,, Healing the Digestional track,,, and natural Vitamin and Mineral supplentation… Would be a reasonable Solid Strategy to tackle any Chronic Disease, while at the same time avoiding Any foods, medications or substances that may act as anti-nutrients…

  • I eliminated my diabetes with this treatment: thebigdiabetes-lie. com (Google it) For 4 weeks and my sugar levels went down; I can say that they are at normal levels.

  • Andrea, what do you do when you find that what you’re eating in a meal is under 10 carbs and you’re not having anything to make it above 15g or 20g of carbs, do you just not bolus? I know
    I watched Michelle Lord’s Low Carb Snacks video but still confused. What is the boundary line of the amount of carbs where u do & don’t bolus for carbs?

    I think these carbs questions are in the same category of being basic like that low blood sugar video of a couple of videos back.
    Definitely a video for these two questions.

    PS don’t mind if you mention me.
    My last name is pronounced “keel”
    not kyle. I’ve gotten that a lot in my life ��

  • Excellent Video! Forgive me for butting in, I would appreciate your opinion. Have you ever tried Patlarny Sugar Outcome Principle (do a google search)? It is an awesome one of a kind guide for reversing diabetes without the headache. Ive heard some pretty good things about it and my GF after a lifetime of fighting got great results with it.

  • Hi phil,, my husband has type 2 diabetes, he lost 20kg within 6 months. Now he is just 59kg����. Now He started to eat more protein rich diet and avoiding carbohydrates and sugar. His blood sugar is still high even with workout… whats the reason for that and what to do now. Pls let me know. ��

  • How can you tell after exercising, like 2hrs, your blood sugar is still high, is that still cause by meal or cuz by over exercise. Thank you. I worked out for 40 minutes, sweating a lot, and felt a little bit tired, but after 1.5 hours I checked my blood sugar is still 200+. And it was about over 3 hours after my meal. So frustrated!

  • Hey Anderia David from Brisbane Australia I’m not diabetic but do have other complex chronic medical conditions namely hypertension and sever asthma plus many more a lot of your struggles are ringing true with me I’m on my 3rd week conning up of no work and our government is asking anyone who can to stay at home my body clock has definitely changed I’m running 11am-3am which is crazy too much late night screen time for sure I’m put on about 5kg. And have gone from 1-2?main meals and 10-14000+ steps a day at work I work in a hotel to 2-3?meals+ too many snacks and next to no excercise we are still allowed out of our homes for exercise so long as we are a) not sure sick and b) haven’t had a test for or diagnoses for “it” I’m just not getting Evan a quarter of my usua excercise I find listening to some relaxation music helps at night when I can’t sleep but as u rightly say we don’t need to worrie if we’re not predict re food and exercise our best effort is all that matters my bp has come up at night I’m sure it’s due to my crazey hours and way off medication times.

    Best wishes look after yourself.

    David Brisbane Australia.

  • THIS VIDEO WAS WORTH LESS THAN SHIT! ANY BODY WITH A GLUCOMETER KNOWS WHAT HE JUST SAID NOW!!!!!!! WHEN SHOULD WE TAKE OUR INSOLIN??! WHAT A WASTE OF TIME!!

    PS LICK ME CRACK LAD!!!!!!!

  • Where are you from? I’m from Canada. Type 1 going on 20 years. I’m 27 now and I’m trying to get lean. I’ve always been active and I played sports. I have some good size and my legs are pretty cut but I have too much fat on my upper body so I’m lacking in muscle definition there. My weight seems to go up and down pretty often but I’ve been sitting at about 240 for awhile. Any advice would be great.

  • I’m a type 2 and I see my sugar go way down in my weight lifting workouts. I have to make sure I go into it with sugar at least 120-140 and by the time I’m done sugar down in the 80’s & 90’s.

  • Video that talks about when you use extended blouses. It may not be pertinent to all because you’re GF cuz of Celiac but at least you can give tips on when and which kinds of foods. I know you mentioned that you’re vegan; how long have you been vegan?

    From a nerdy & a just in case point of view I made a list of foods
    I know I eat and listed their carbs
    (yes I did remember to subtract dietary fiber)

    I know you might not be the exact person to ask cuz they’re mainly pasta.
    I do have Amy’s Gluten Free Mac and Cheese on my list though.
    Also what do you do for pizza?

  • Thanks Andrea, you absolutely rock! My biggest problem is avoiding those delish soft-chewing fruit gums I bulk bought in case of hypos during lockdown! Man, that takes will power! Saying we’ll appreciate what we have 200% when we’re through this is spot on! Just having friends around for a barbecue (whoops, forgot you were vegan) is something that I absolutely yearn for and it just goes to show how it’s the simple things that matter most. However, I have the luxury of having a garden which has come to life with the fauna that is typically invisible to us and it’s both wonderful to experience but also so sad to see the negative impact our comings and goings have on our natural surroundings. I can only hope that that is a message we don’t easily forget when this is done! Here in South Africa, we’re on a serious, no frills, lockdown which is already showing a positive result and we’re all holding our breath (forgive the pun) that it stays that way! If the rest of the world would stay true to what we need to do, much like T1Ds look out for each other, as you say, we’ll get through this! Keep those videos coming you just don’t realize what they mean to us all!