- Get a medical exam before you start an exercise program.
- Exercising in the morning while the insulin level is low works well for most people with type I diabetes.
- Exercising 30 minutes to two hours after a meal or snack works well for most people.
- Prevent low blood sugars with slow carbs, such as athletic bars or protein-enriched pasta.
- Treat low blood sugars with fast carbs, such as glucose tablets or dextrose candies.
- Eat a protein/carb snack or a bar with slow-acting carbohydrates (Nite Bite, etc.) before bed after intense/long exercise or any exercise out of your ordinary range to keep your blood sugar from dropping overnight.
- Regular exercise trains the body and stabilizes the blood sugar.
- Always carry fast carbs with you as you exercise.
To learn more about exercise and diabetes check with your health care professional and read STOP the Rollercoaster, a comprehensive book on managing your blood sugars (available by calling 800-988-4772).