- Low blood sugar can occur during or after exercise, to it is important to carefully manage blood sugar, insulin, and food when involved in physical activity.
- Monitor and document how your body responds to each sport or activity.
- When a new sport is played, it is safest to test your blood sugar before bed and once during the night to prevent nighttime lows from occurring.
Strategies for Dealing with Exercise:
- Make sure to bring extra snacks and juice boxes or glucose tabs with you to your practice, game, event, etc.
- Check your blood sugar before AND after exercising.
- If your blood sugar before exercising is less than 100 mg/dL, drink 4 ounces of juice.
- If you feel low during an activity, stop and check your BG and treat the low.
- Remember to have an extra 15-20gm snack if you are going to exercise unexpectedly (example: an invitation to swim for the afternoon at a friend’s house).
- Talk with the diabetes team about adjustments in the insulin dose for regularly scheduled activity.