The Act of Balancing Is Required in Diabetes
By Tarun Yadav
Controlling diabetes has always been considered as a balancing act. You must carefully balance food, activity, and also your medications to keep your diabetes under control. All three are perfectly important to your health, and along with this each can increase or even decrease your blood glucose levels. There are many individuals who often ask, if they need to actually adjust their insulin or the medication before exercise.
There is some physical activity, or even exercise, that includes anything that gets you moving, such as walking, dancing or at times even working in your garden. Staying active indeed improves your overall health, and it has been measured that regular exercise always helps you maintain the following:
There is a better control glucose levels
It increases overall fitness
You will always feel more energetic
There is always an improvement in flexibility
Will always improve blood pressure
Lowers the risk of developing cardiovascular disease
Improve your appearance, excess weight and the overall sense of well-being
Insulin as well as diabetes medications always lower your blood glucose. It is indeed the amount of medication you need, along with the maintenance of your physical activities that delivers the best results. The time of day, when you take your medication and also the amount, you take are important factors that simply help in allowing your medication to work on your blood glucose activities.
Hence it is always important to make exercise a part of your life, so that everything, even your diabetes health care can stay well. At times, some changes in exercise and adjustments in your medications based on the results recorded in your diabetes can help a lot. As mentioned earlier, it’s a balancing act – if you eat more than your meal plan allows you, your blood glucose level will always elevate, or, if you exercise less than the usual routine, your blood glucose level will always rise.
There are several factors that affect your blood glucose during activity or exercise:
The physical condition
The length of activity or exercise
The type of activity or exercise
The Blood glucose level prior to exercising
Whenever you are more active than the usual situation, your blood glucose might get dropped, thereby causing low blood glucose (hypoglycemia). It is very important that you must be prepared ahead of time. If you are under insulin and is aware of being ahead of time, when you will exercise, or even decrease your rapid or short insulin meal dose before the commencement of activity instead of taking extra food during the activity, then it will become easier for you to get yourself diagnosed properly. Always have a talk with your diabetes health care team for any kind of extra help in making the decision about how much to decrease as per your insulin dose.
Also, it is suggested to avoid injecting insulin into your arms and legs that you will utilize during your activity or exercise. An abdominal injection site may be of more help in comparison, to lower the risk for hypoglycemia associated with exercise.