Exercise has many health benefits. It can lower blood pressure, stave off excess weight, and help with stress. Another benefit of exercise is that it can help prevent the development of type 2 diabetes. Exercise does not have to be high-intensity or strenuous. Doing activities you love, be it walking, gardening, or any other “lighter” form of activity can help. However, there are things diabetics need to consider while exercising.
Hydration is important, even more so for diabetics. Diabetes predisposes people toward dehydration. Therefore, it’s important to drink water before and after exercise. Taking a water break every 20 minutes is also highly recommended.
Keep track of feet. Exercise may cause redness or sores after exercising. Keep track of those and report to a doctor if sores do not heal.
Test blood glucose before and after exercise. It’s important to make sure that blood glucose is not too high or too low before exercise. Measuring levels after exercise can keep track of how it affects glucose.
Finally, please consult with a physical therapist or doctor before beginning any exercise program. They should be able to tell you what exercises are appropriate for your specific case and circumstances.
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