Daily Archives: August 10, 2017

Exercising with Diabetes – testing due to possible raising or lowering of blood sugar levels.

For the last few weeks I have been exercising in a class for seniors called Silver Sneakers. It may be for seniors, but it is as hard as a regular class just no floor exercises and the chairs also are for balance.

My morning blood sugar readings have been low (usually under 100) in the mornings. Most mornings lately I have been around 84 or so. My readings are pretty good right now so I have a pretty good grasp on my insulin shots finally and how much carb I can eat which is very little. I am following a low carb/high fat diet and try to keep my carbs in the Keto range (under 20) per day.

Exercise can be hard to regulate. It can make your levels go up or down and also depends on where your levels are when you start. According to one article they shouldn’t be below 100 and if they are then you should bring them up first. I am working hard to get them down there to 80 or so and won’t add carbs to increase my reading.

I am one of those who for the most part have blood sugar increases after exercise and only 1 where it stayed where it was at fasting.

If you are diabetic, test frequently – before, during and after – during exercise. Don’t exercise alone either. It is best to have others around in case you pass out while working out. There is no way to predict how your blood sugars will react to exercise.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

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