Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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Your Diabetes Cure - Diabetes and Exercise
By: Julia Hanf

Regardless if you have diabetes exercise is helpful for all individuals. Even if you have had diabetic complications you can definitely benefit from exercise.

If you have diabetes exercise is important for your heart health as well as weight loss;

It will lower your high blood pressure, and, in some cases, improve blood sugar control as well as leading to an overall sense of well-being. If you are pre-diabetic or have risk factors it can even help prevent type 2 diabetes in some people.

Please remember that it's important to have both enthusiasm and common sense when you are starting an exercise program. If you are diabetic it is important to practice these precautions in order to stay safe and ensure that your exercise program is productive.

> Wear well-fitting, protective footwear.
>Drink plenty of liquids before, during, and after exercise to prevent dehydration, which can upset blood sugar levels.

If you use insulin you should also:

> Monitor your blood sugar before, during, and after exercise to determine your body's typical response to exercise. If you have a reading of 250 mg/dL (13.9 mmol/L) or higher you should wait until your levels are under control before you exercise.

> Talk with your physician about the possibility of decreasing your insulin dose by about 30 percent during exercise.

>Choose an insulin injection site away from exercising muscles (for example, avoid the legs if running)

> Keeping rapidly absorbed carbohydrates on hand (glucose tablets, hard candies, or juice).

> Eat a snack 15 to 30 minutes before exercise, and again every 30 minutes during exercise.

> Eat a source of slowly absorbed carbohydrates (dried fruit, fruit jerky, granola bars, or trail mix) immediately after exercise. This should counteract a possible post-exercise drop in your blood sugar levels.

It is important to select an exercise program that is enjoyable to you and can be done comfortably, this will make it easier to stay motivated and stick with a program over time. If you have had a sedentary lifestyle you might find it difficult to start and continue with an exercise program.

If you have diabetic eye complications (proliferative retinopathy) I recommend you avoid high-impact activities and strenuous weight-lifting, which may increase your blood pressure and cause bleeding in the eye. If you have neurologic complications (peripheral neuropathy) it is recommended that you avoid running which may lead to foot ulcers and stress fractures.

Julia Hanf author of the book How To Play The Diabetes Diet Game And Win. With this proven system you to can lower your blood sugar level and retake control of your health and your life. Through a real life crisis Julia figured out how to live diabetes free. Visit Your Diabetes Cure. http://www.yourdiabetescure.com/Diabetes_Exercise/Diabetes_Exercise.html

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