Exercising With Diabetes

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Exercising With Diabetes

Exercising With Diabetes

Managing Diabetes
Exercising With Diabetes



Exercising With Diabetes


Regular exercise plays an important role in the management of Diabetes.Here are some of the tips to be remembered while exercising for a diabetic patient.



  • Drink more water before, during and after exercise to avoid dehydration1
  • Have extra carbohydrate before and during exercise to prevent hypoglycemia1
  • Always check your feet before and after exercise for any blisters or wounds3
  • Wear shoes which are comfortable and well-fitting1
  • Monitor your blood glucose levels before, during and after exercise1



  • Avoid hot tubs and steam rooms directly after exercise as it may increase heart rate and lower your blood glucose2
  • Don’t exercise on an empty stomach and avoid having your meals late3
  • Avoid exercise such as running that causes stress to the feet1
  • Avoid shoes with pointed toes, too flat soles or high heels4
  • Avoid exercise when your blood glucose level is high3


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*This is for patient education purposes only. Please consult your doctor/healthcare practitioner before starting any diet, medication or exercise.


  1. Diabetes Australia. Exercise. Available from https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/exercise. Accessed on 26/04/2018
  2. Joslin Diabetes Center. Available from https://www.joslin.org/info/why_is_my_blood_glucose_sometimes_low_after_physical_activity.html.  Accessed on 26/04/2018
  3. Diabetes Quebec. Physical activity: warnings and safeguards. Available from https://www.diabete.qc.ca/en/living-with-diabetes/physical-activity/advices/physical-activity-warnings-and-safeguards. Accessed on 26/04/2018
  4. Webmd. Many Diabetes Patients Wear the Wrong Shoes. Available from https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/news/20110422/many-diabetes-patients-wear-the-wrong-shoes#1. Accessed on 26/04/2018