How often should a diabetic exercise? What kinds of exercise would be appropriate?

Question by kirby_ang: How often should a diabetic exercise? What kinds of exercise would be appropriate?
I’m not sure how much exercise would also be considered too much. I’ve heard and read some recommend an exercise of 3 times a week. Would exercising daily be too much? I think other people leading active lifestyles have no problem with daily physical activity. Is it possible for a diabetic to still build up their muscles? Or would their condition make it a little more difficult for them?

Best answer:

Answer by fenneljay
Any kind of exercise is beneficial, and if they are seeing a doctor should not be a problem unless their disease is very advanced.

Lifting weights builds muscle, and muscle responds much better to insulin than fat does. One can about ‘cure’ early type 2 diabetes often by building enough muscle and exercising.

Walking is great for the heart and lungs. It also brings down high blood sugar. Ten minutes of walking can make a noticable difference on your meter. If you do 30 minutes, it can keep your numbers lower for 24 hours after.

If your blood sugar gets totally out of control, like 250, exercise isn’t good until it is down a bit.

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5 Responses to How often should a diabetic exercise? What kinds of exercise would be appropriate?

  • Tin S says:

    All kinds of exercise is in order. I prefer Nordic Walking. That’s walking with ski poles or just plain sticks. This way my upper body also benefits from walking.Yes you can build muscle, and the more the better. I will help with G/L .

  • sandhya says:

    If you’re out of shape or have recently been diagnosed as having diabetes, see your doctor before you begin an exercise program. Your doctor can tell you about the kinds of exercise that are good for you depending on how well your diabetes is controlled and any complications or other conditions you may have. Here are some tips for starting:

    * If you’re planning to walk or jog, be sure your shoes fit well and are designed for the activity you have in mind. Be alert for blisters. Wear new shoes for a bit each day until they’re comfortable and not as likely to cause blisters. Remember, always wear socks.

    * Start slowly with a low-impact exercise such as walking, swimming, or biking.

    * Build up the time you spend exercising gradually. If you have to, start with five minutes and add a bit of time each day.

    * Always wear an ID tag indicating that you have diabetes to insure proper treatment in case there’s a problem when you’re exercising or you have an injury.

    * Avoid lifting very heavy weights as a precaution against sudden high blood pressure.

    * If you have foot problems, consider swimming or biking, which is easier on the feet than jogging.

    * Stretch for five minutes before and after your workout regardless of how intense you plan to exercise.

    How often should you exercise?

    Try to exercise at the same time every day for the same duration. This will help control your blood sugar. Exercise at least three times a week for about 30 to 45 minutes.

    What about food and insulin?

    If you plan to exercise more than an hour after eating, it’s a good idea to have a snack. Generally, it’s good to have a high-carbohydrate snack such as six ounces of fruit juice or half of a plain bbagel.
    If you’re doing heavy exercise such as aerobics, running or handball, you may need to eat a bit more such as a half of a meat sandwich and a cup of milk.

    If you haven’t eaten for over an hour or if your blood sugar is less than 100 to 120, eat or drink something like an apple or a glass of milk before you exercise. Carry a snack with you in case of low blood sugar.

    If you use insulin, exercise after eating, not before. Test your blood sugar before, during and after exercising. Don’t exercise when your blood sugar is more than 240.

    If you’re not an insulin user, test your blood sugar before and after exercising if you take pills for diabetes.

    When is exercise a problem?

    If your blood sugar level is over 300 mg/dl, if you are sick, short of breath, have ketones in your urine or are experiencing any tingling, pain or numbness in your legs, don’t exercise. Also if your medication is peaking, it’s better not to exercise.
    you can visit this site for more information on diabetes
    http://diabetes-complications.blogspot.com/

  • Lucky says:

    i was just diagnosed in feb and my doctor told me that i should do 30 minutes a day of exercise like walking or something like that. its hard for me cause i work in buisy machine shop 10 hours a day and when i get home im soo tired i dont feel like doing much. im pretty active as it is. i turn on the tv as background noise and im always cleaning or cooking or doing yard work when im not working. i can get away with eating pretty much what i want in the mornings cause i burn it off fast. my blood sugar is always 110 or below if that tells you anything. im on medication and the doctor says im close to getting off and its only been 3 months. the doctor also said if i want to cheat a little and eat things that may raise my blood sugar at night that i should do exercise after dinner. eat my meal and then go for a walk or something to keep it down.

  • Mazher says:

    Exercise has numerous benefits for people with diabetes, but it is not as simple as saying “go and exercise.” Before embarking on an exercise plan, visit your physician and diabetes educator and get guidance on how to exercise safely. If you have type 1 diabetes, you may need to adjust your insulin and your carbohydrate intake before, during, and after exercise. You will also need to monitor your glucose levels more frequently.

    for more visit
    http://www.reddiabetes.com

  • Jo W says:

    You can do the same exercises as anyone else does.