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Diabetes and Exercise

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

How will exercise help me manage diabetes?

Physical activity, such as exercise, can help keep your blood sugar level steady or improve insulin resistance. Activity can help decrease your risk for heart disease, and help you lose weight, if needed. Exercise can also help lower your A1c or keep it at goal. Your diabetes care team provider will help you create an exercise plan. The plan will be based on the type of diabetes you have and your starting fitness level.

What are some tips to help me create and meet my exercise goals?

Your diabetes care provider may recommend counseling to help you meet these or other exercise goals:

What are some other healthy activity tips?

What do I need to know about exercise and my blood sugar levels?

Check your blood sugar level before and after exercise, if you use insulin. Healthcare providers may tell you to change the amount of insulin you take or food you eat.

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor or diabetes care team?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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