For many people, exercise and playing sports is an important part of life. Having diabetes doesn’t have to change that. In fact, exercise can also play an essential role in the management of diabetes by improving circulation, reducing heart disease, and helping to control weight.
Managing diabetes during exercise will require some extra care and planning to ensure good control can be maintained.
“I’ve always loved exercising and sport, long before I was diagnosed as a diabetic. After my diabetes diagnosis and later in life, I found a passion for endurance exercise. I was in a race where I was using CGM with my insulin pump and I grabbed my insulin pump and it was telling me that my sugar level was getting outside the limits I’d set. I was able to have some insulin, my sugar level came back down and I finished the race well.”
DIABETES, SPORT & INSULIN PUMPS
In managing diabetes, it is important to take into consideration many factors, including glucose monitoring, carbohydrate intake, physical activities and insulin requirements to ensure good glucose control and to reduce the risk of complications.
It can be a challenge to reach and maintain the HbA1c goal while minimising the risk of hypoglycaemia. However, by understanding the body’s needs, including the effect of exercise, and learning how to keep blood glucose within recommended levels, it is possible to manage diabetes effectively. Learn more about Diabetes and exercise from Diabetes Australia.
To deal with the challenges of keeping blood glucose levels under better control, especially during exercise, many people with Type 1 diabetes rely on insulin pumps. Learn more about the MiniMed® 670G System and Insulin Pump Therapy.
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