Being Active With Type 2 Diabetes
How to Treat Low Blood Sugar Due to Exercise
If you are exercising and your blood sugar drops below 70, immediately do one of the following:
- Drink ½ cup (4 ounces) of any fruit juice
- Drink ½ cup (4 ounces) of a regular soft drink (not diet)
- Drink 1 cup (8 ounces) of milk
- Eat five or six pieces of hard candy
- Eat 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey
- Take three or four glucose tablets
- Have one serving of glucose gel (equal to 15 grams of carbohydrates).
About 15 minutes after doing one of these things, check your blood sugar again. If it is still low, have another serving. Keep repeating this until your blood sugar is at least 70 or higher. If it will be an hour or more before your next meal, you may need to have a snack before then.
Talking to Your Healthcare Provider
Before you start exercising, check with your healthcare provider about a plan that is right for you. If you are taking certain medications, you may need to change the dosage before you exercise. Your healthcare provider can also help you with the specific activities that you can do that won't cause problems for your particular situation. He or she can also help you set some realistic goals.
- The days and times you should do your physical activity
- The length of time you should exercise
- Ideas for warming up, stretching, and cooling down
- How to measure your progress.
Your healthcare provider may ask for you to keep track of your physical activity. In your daily blood sugar log, you may want to write down when you exercise and how long you worked out. This can help you to track your progress and see how exercise can affect your blood sugar level.