Exercise is a great way to help manage diabetes, but it needs to be done with safety in mind.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests:
- Avoiding heavy weight lifting if you have high blood pressure, eye problems or issues with blood vessels.
- Using caution if you have nerve damage in your feet. Wear thick socks and well-fitted shoes, and check your feet for injury after exercise.
- Talking to your doctor about which exercises are safe for you.
- Taking care to avoid low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), especially if you take insulin. Have a small snack before exercise if your sugar is less than 100. And drink plenty of water.
- Avoiding exercise if you have ketones in your urine and your fasting blood glucose is 250 or higher.