Health Tip: Diabetics Who Compete

(HealthDay News) -- Diabetes doesn't have to sideline you from the sport you love.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these safety suggestions:

  • Don't exercise unless your blood sugar level is at least 100 mg/dL, or within one week of a severe episode of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
  • Monitor your blood sugar throughout exercise. Make sure it stays within the range recommended by your doctor.
  • While you exercise, carry with you a form of quickly absorbed glucose.
  • Exercise with a buddy until you are well trained, to help ward off an episode of hypoglycemia.
  • Wear a medical alert bracelet that identifies you as diabetic.
  • Snack and drink before, during and after your workout.

-- Diana Kohnle

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