Wednesday, March 27, 2013

HOW TO AVOID HYPOGLYCEMIA DURING EXERCISES




Written by Matt Nilsen
Exercise is excellent for people with diabetes—both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes—but you have to be careful about hypoglycemia.  Hypoglycemia is when your blood glucose level (your blood sugar level) drops too low.  To avoid hypoglycemia during exercise, you should learn to recognize the symptoms of hypoglycemia while you are exercising. Also, you can test your blood sugar before, during, and after exercise.
How You Can Become Hypoglycemic when Exercising
When you exercise, your body needs more energy than it normally does (that certainly makes sense—you’re expending more energy than you normally do). That extra energy comes from the sugar—the glucose—your body stores.
When you exercise, you speed up your metabolism and use up the glucose in your bloodstream faster.  That’s right: Exercise makes it easier for your body to use glucose, whether you have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, making exercise incredibly beneficial for people with diabetes.

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