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What diabetes complications can affect the exercise I do?

  • Nerve disease (peripheral neuropathy) and numb feet. You may
           need to limit weight-bearing activities, such as jogging. Riding
           a stationary bike or walking may be a safe alternative, but
           you will need to take extra care to protect your feet.
  • Nerve disease (autonomic neuropathy). Avoid certain aerobic
           activities that might affect your heart rate and blood
           pressure control.
  • Eye disease (proliferative retinopathy). You could threaten your
           vision with certain motions involved in weightlifting. Ask your
           health care provider.
  • High blood pressure or heart disease. Avoid activities that involve
           pushing against an immovable object, such as a wall, or
           isometric exercises, in which you keep your muscles
           contracted. Walking and swimming are often safe options.
  • Dialysis. You can benefit from a gradually progressing activity
           program.
  • Organ transplantation. Physical activity can be helpful for people
           who have had an organ transplant. Anti-rejection drugs often
           cause weight gain and muscle wasting. Try aerobic and
           strength training once you are given the okay and are ready.

Certain other diabetes complications might also affect your choice of activity, so always discuss safe options with your doctor.

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