For most people living with diabetes exercise makes sense. If you are planning to take up regular exercise for the first time you might want to discuss this with your diabetes specialist team. You need to think about:
- Are you above 35 years old and/or
- Have had diabetes for more than 10 years and/or
- Smoke, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or a family history of heart problems and/or
- Have diabetes complications affecting the eyes, kidneys, nervous system or large blood vessels
then discuss your exercise plans with the team – they are not necessarily going to say don’t do it but they can help plan the type, intensity and duration of exercise that will be best for you.
People with diabetes also need to think about their feet. This is especially important if you have problems with loss of feeling or changes in the shape of your feet. Best to look at your feet before and after exercise to make sure there are no cuts or bruises or athletes foot. During exercise wear cotton socks and treat yourself to a great pair of trainers that fit well. Keep your feet clean and dry!
Our aim at Excarbs.com is to help people with diabetes using insulin to feel comfortable with taking up exercise – our advice is not aimed at elite athletes but hopefully covers the basic rules for most people living with diabetes.
Remember that if exercise is sustained you will become much more sensitive to the effect of insulin and the dose needed will fall which is a really good result!