Sport improves your physical and psychological condition.
It also prevents cardiovascular disease, hypertension, cancer, stress, and promotes a healthy weight.
Sport has a preventive and curative impact on diabetes because of its hypoglycaemic effect; glucose levels are decreased 1 to 2 hours after 30 minutes of exercise.
Regular physical activity is essential in the treatment of diabetes, especially Type 2.
Change your daily routine to include exercise :
- Climb stairs instead of using escalators or lifts
- Travel on foot or by bicycle instead of driving
- Get off the bus or tube stop preceding the scheduled one and walk to your destination
Advice prior to sport
- Warm up and cool down for 5 to 10 minutes
- Start gradually
- Make sure you are comfortable enough that you are still able to speak during exercise
- Drink sufficiently to avoid dehydration
- Do not do sports alone
- Check your blood sugar regularly
- Always have something sugary with you
- Activity should be steady throughout the week: the repetition of several sessions per week is required
- Suggested exercise:
- 2 hours of walking
- 30 minutes jogging
- Cycling for 1 hour
Consult your doctor before starting sport
Your doctor will be able to advise you regarding sport:
- Help you to choose the sport best suited to your condition
- Determine the pace and intensity of your exercise
- Advise against dangerous sports such as skydiving and mountain climbing
- Help to check there are no contraindications with your prescribed medicine
- Help you to know what precautions to take
- Help you to adjust the dose of your injected insulin according to the exercise intensity
- Recognise and prevent episodes of hypoglycaemia
Sport et diabète
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