Spontaneity is great. It allows you to suddenly change, try something new, and embark on adventures without giving yourself too much time to worry. However, sometimes you really need to plan things out fully to avoid serious consequences. International trips, changing a job, and even exercising when you have diabetes are all situations that really need a plan. Exercising with diabetes is important, but there are many factors you have to take into consideration when doing so to protect yourself from harm.
Exercising with diabetes is necessary, but it can get complicated. You do have to be extremely careful, since you are more vulnerable to injuries that could turn into big problems—like blisters deteriorating into ulcers. Just as important to know, exercise can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar that could be seriously detrimental. Being physically active when you have abnormally high blood sugar levels could cause the opposite, however. To benefit from exercise when you have diabetes, you have to take all of these things into consideration.
Here are the most important things to consider when you get ready to exercise when you have diabetes:
- Preventing injuries – Your feet are particularly vulnerable to injuries when you exercise. Hard impacts can contribute to other injuries in your body, too. Figuring out what activities you can do safely, wearing the appropriate footwear, and checking your feet for changes helps you avoid many injuries.
- Preventing blood sugar drops – Exercise increases your metabolism, which can drop your blood sugar too low if you’re not careful. Be mindful of your blood sugar levels, and keep snacks handy just in case.
- Preventing blood sugar spikes – If you don’t have enough insulin in your blood, a sugar spike after exercising is possible, too. Again, monitor your blood sugar levels before being active.
Accommodating diabetes does take effort. The alternative, however—allowing your body and muscles to deteriorate through lack of use and poorly controlled blood sugar—is much worse. Exercise is one of the best ways you can help manage the condition and live a healthy life. You simply have to be careful.
Our teams at Castle Pines Physical Therapy and Cherry Creek Physical Therapy can help you make a plan to accommodate any limitations related to your diabetes so you can still live an active life. Make an appointment at our Castle Pines and Cherry Creek, CO, offices by calling (303) 805-5156 or through our website forms.