Exercise: Blood Sugar Levels

Physical activity and fitness have been shown to lower blood sugar in people with diabetes and prediabetes. It has been recommended as a general rule of thumb that for every thirty-five minutes of exercise you engage in you should take in fifteen grams of carbohydrate to avoid low blood sugar episodes. This is not as important for exercising with prediabetes if you are not taking any medicine to reduce blood sugar.  Although it is a good idea for diabetics to carry at least one snack with some carbohydrate content, it does not mean that you necessarily need to eat it. One-half cup of orange juice has 15 grams of carbohydrate. You can mix some in with your exercise water bottle and drink some, but not necessarily all of it. Monitor your blood sugar levels before and after exercise, learn how your body responds, and adjust accordingly.  It is best to eat carbohydrate foods after exercise activity.

Consider a pedometer-based fitness program. It makes it easier to get started by providing some objective measure of your activity. As long as you do not have any lower limb or severe overweight problems, most people are able to walk, and walking-based programs are easy to follow and prudently increase in intensity for more benefit. Consider alternating with a stationary bike as well. Do what you enjoy and you will not feel like you are “exercising”.

As I said above, start slowly, but the quantity of exercise necessary to become beneficial is well-known and you should gradually strive for 150-180 minutes per week.

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Exercise Prescription

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