Exercise for Diabetics

  • Try to be active most days of the week.
  • Whenever you can, walk instead of taking the car. If you have to drive, park in the spot farthest from the door.
  • Start slowly and gradually increase the amount of effort; for instance, progress from strolling to brisk walking.
  • Talk to your diabetes healthcare team to learn how to adjust your insulin and food to prevent low blood glucose levels while exercising.
  • Take precautions against low blood glucose while exercising. Carry some form of carbohydrate and extra food with you when you are active. If you feel symptoms of low blood glucose, stop and test your level.
  • Wear a MedicAlert® identification and carry a record of the names and amounts of insulin you use and any other medications you use regularly.
  • Wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes and socks.
  • Stop exercising if you are in pain or feel tired.