Diabetes and Physical Activity — What Should Be Done?

Physical activity won’t fight diabetes, but it can help to stabilize it.

Dr. Ely

General practitioner

The soccer player Pele has lived with type 1 diabetes since he was 14. If you know how to manage diabetes, you can live a full life—even playing professional sports.

Fitness helps lower blood glucose levels, but with glucose above 13–14 mmol/L, physical activity is not recommended.

First, with the help of carbohydrates, you need to bring sugar to a moderately increased level. Since there is a risk of hypoglycemia while exercising, you need to intake fast-digesting carbohydrates. Blood sugar is also measured after exercise.

23 March 2021

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