Sport is healthy for humans. But if you have diabetes, it can be challenging to manage your blood sugar levels and avoid a hypo. However, diabetes does not have to be an obstacle to exercise. In fact, it is recommended to exercise because it gives you many benefits. It improves your insulin sensitivity, you feel fitter and it helps you to maintain your weight. We give you a number of tips to exercise responsibly with diabetes.
SPORTS AND THE EFFECT ON BLOOD SUGAR MIRROR
Exercising with diabetes makes your body more sensitive to insulin. This creates the risk of low blood sugar. Each sport has a different effect on blood sugar. Because of this, each sport will affect the body in a different way. Walking and jogging with a steady stride will lead to a reliable lowering of blood glucose levels. But sports that require the upper body to exert more effort (such as running and basketball) can lead to a rise in blood sugar levels. If the sports session lasts long enough, this will decrease again.
It is therefore important to test your blood glucose levels during exercise. This way you will learn how the different sports and the duration of the training sessions affect your blood sugar level.
KEEP BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL DURING EXERCISE
Make sure you start your training session prepared. It is important that your blood sugar level is in balance when you start training. Test your blood glucose level before exercising. Take fast sugars with you, such as a sports drink, dextrose or syrup. When starting the workout, it is best to take it easy. This way you can keep an eye on what the first effect is on your body and continue if everything goes well. To avoid getting a hyper at the end of the training session, it's smart to take the time for a cool down. It is also useful to have your medical information with you just in case something goes wrong during exercise.
TOOLS FOR SPORTS WITH DIABETES
Although it can be a challenge to exercise with diabetes, fortunately there are a number of tools that can make your training a lot more enjoyable.
Easily keep your diabetes sensor or pod with you by using a diabetes sensorhouder. You place the strap around your arm and protect your sensor, so you can exercise carefree.
DIABETES SENSOR FIXTAPE
Another way to protect your diabetes sensor while exercising is to use a fixtape. You can easily attach this to your body for a subtle look and protect the sensor.
During exercise you may have less grip on your Freestyle Libre Reader or Medtronic pump. A protective cover can provide the solution. The perfect accessory to protect your Libre or insulin pump.