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Health Tip: Exercise Safely With Diabetes

Talk with your doctor before you start

(HealthDay News) -- Exercise is a great way to help manage diabetes, but it needs to be done with safety in mind.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests:

  • Avoiding heavy weight lifting if you have high blood pressure, eye problems or issues with blood vessels.
  • Using caution if you have nerve damage in your feet. Wear thick socks and well-fitted shoes, and check your feet for injury after exercise.
  • Talking to your doctor about which exercises are safe for you.
  • Taking care to avoid low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), especially if you take insulin. Have a small snack before exercise if your sugar is less than 100. And drink plenty of water.
  • Avoiding exercise if you have ketones in your urine and your fasting blood glucose is 250 or higher.
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