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Practical Tips

  • 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.