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Being physically active is a great way to feel great and get many health benefits. If you have diabetes and are thinking about getting active, find out how you can get started today.
Being physically active can help you:
If you are new to physical activity, speak to your health care provider before getting started. Your diabetes team can give you advice and tips to help you monitor your blood glucose and any other health conditions.
Try to be active for at least 150 minutes per week. That’s about 30 minutes a day on five days of the week. You can start with just 10 minute at a time. Choose activities that you enjoy and try things you can do with your family. Here are some ideas:
If your diabetes is managed by lifestyle or oral medication, you have a low risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) during physical activity. If you use insulin, you are at higher risk of hypoglycemia during physical activity. Monitoring your blood glucose is recommended before, during and after physical activity.
Eat a small meal or snack about 30 to 90 minutes before you are active. A combination of protein and carbohydrates is a good idea. If you are on insulin, your doctor may suggest that you eat a specific amount of carbohydrate-rich foods before being active, depending on:
If your diabetes is managed by lifestyle or medication, eating carbohydrates during physical activity is not necessary. If you are on insulin, you may need a small snack during your activity, especially if it lasts one hour or longer. Keep fast-absorbing carbohydrates nearby, like hard candy or glucose tablets, in case your blood glucose levels get too low. Work with a Registered Dietitian for a personalized advice on meals, snacks and an activity plan that works for you.
You will be more likely to stick to your physical activity plan if you:
Being active is very important for people with diabetes. It can help with blood glucose levels, weight management and can help you feel your best. Check with your doctor and work with a Registered Dietitian before starting a new physical activity program to make sure it is right for you. And, choose activities you love so being active is fun! Call EatRight Ontario to speak with a Registered Dietitian at 1-877-510-510-2 and ask your physical activity questions.
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