6 Steps to Better Exercise with Diabetes

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Hi, I'm Dr. Miller. Here's some smart workout tips especially if have diabetes. Check your blood sugar 30 minutes before you exercise. To exercise safely, your blood sugar should be between a 100-250 mg/dL. If it's lower than a 100, eat a small carb snack such as bread, crackers, or fruit. If it's higher than 250, you may have high ketones.

Don't exercise until all levels are within a safe range. Watch for low blood sugar after exercise. Exercise can lower blood sugar so check your blood sugar after workouts. Eat or take insulin to compensate if needed. Protect your feet. Wear good quality, well fitting shoes to avoid blisters which can get infected.

Wear breathable fabrics. Fungal infection like athletes foot, but are more common in people with diabetes. So wear clothes and socks made with moisture wicking fabric that lets your skin breathe. Drink plenty of water before and during exercise. Dehydration makes your blood sugar climb, don't exercise in the heat.

Heat makes you sweat, which can lead to dehydration and higher blood sugar. Exercise during cooler time for the day or in air conditioned room. I'm Dr. Miller, for more tips to stay fit with Diabetes, watch all our smart tips.