Safety Tips To Consider While Exercising | Cornerstones4Care®

Play It Safe


Your diabetes care team can help you create an activity plan that's right for you so you can stay safe while you're being active. For example:

  • If you have vision problems related to diabetes, your team might ask you to avoid jumping or jogging
  • Your health care provider can tell you if you need to check your blood sugar levels more often during physical activity

If you take insulin:

  • Your health care provider will want to make sure your blood sugar levels are in a safe range. He or she may suggest that you check right before and right after physical activity
  • Physical activity may help lower your blood sugar for up to 24 hours after activity

Here are some safety tips for physical activity:

  • Bring a carbohydrate (or carb) snack with you in case your blood sugar drops too low. These are foods that are easily converted into sugar in the body (such as a sports drink, regular soda, or glucose tablets)
  • Take a day off if you’re not feeling well
  • Wear a medical ID bracelet or necklace
  • Protect your feet. Wear comfortable shoes and socks that fit
  • Check your feet after being active for any bruises or blisters
  • Always check with your health care provider about how to treat your low blood sugar. If you feel shaky, sweaty, dizzy or have other signs and symptoms of low blood sugar, tell your health care provider how often these things happen. He or she may need to change your diabetes care plan

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