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Sport & Exercise - Diabetes Australia

Sport & Exercise - Diabetes Australia

Keeping active and taking part in sport is an important part of your diabetes management (as well as being a typical Aussie pastime). Try and make time for regular physical exercise whether its at the gym, going for a walk with the dog, or kicking a footy on the oval with friends. Exercise is your friend! Aside from all the benefits of exercise that health care professionals will tell you, keeping good blood sugar levels is much easier when you're doing regular exercise. It makes life less stressful and the occasional splurge doesn't affect you as much when you're keeping fit! (Anonymous) Stay positive and feel good about yourself My biggest achievement? Being able to continue playing sport and not having it affect me too much. There are some things you need to consider about exercising and diabetes. Dont exercise if you are sick this will only put pressure on your body and your diabetes. You need to focus on getting well first. Recommended amounts of exercise try and do some exercise any time you are willing and able! You need to work out what your goals are. The table below can help you decide what you need to do and how often. Remember to test your blood glucose levels before and after you exercise and it may be necessary to eat something before exercise and have something to snack on when you finish. Another tip is to have someone you are exercising with know what to do if you have a hypo. There are lots of different ways of getting your exercise. Try to vary what you do and youll be less likely to get bored and more likely to stick with a fitness program. Heres a selection of activities you could do: walking, jogging, cycling, dancing, aerobics, and even household chores, such as gardening and cleaning! And if you are really into your sports (and preferably live i Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Sport

Diabetes And Sport

Having diabetes doesn't mean you can't play sports Having diabetes neednt be a barrier to actively enjoying sports and exercise. Sportsmen and women with diabetes are common and have achieved some of the highest sporting awards available on the planet. Famous UK diabetic sports achievers include Steve Redgrave , who has won numerous at the Olympics including his last gold medal which he won after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Sport, or exercise of some form, is recommended for all people with diabetes because it brings a range of health benefits such as improved sensitivity to insulin, improved. Whether you take part in sport for competitive reasons, or purely for fun, it is a great way to stay healthy. Different sports have different effects on blood sugar Different sports can affect the body in different ways. For example, brisk walking and continuous jogging will usually lead to a reliable lowering in blood glucose levels. By contrast, sprinting and some upper body activities can initially lead to rises in blood sugar levels, which will come down if the exercise session is long enough. By testing your blood glucose levels around exercise, you can learn how different sports and session lengths affect your blood sugar levels. For information on how a range of sports effect blood sugar levels and how you can manage this, see the guides on individual sports in this section. You will need to watch out for hypos (too low blood sugar levels) if you are on any of the following diabetes medications: If you take any of these medications then it is important to take precautions to prevent hypos occurring, this may include taking sufficient carbohydrate before or during exercise or reducing your dose of medication prior to exercise. If you are considering changing your Continue reading >>

In The Spotlight: Sports And Type 1 Diabetes

In The Spotlight: Sports And Type 1 Diabetes

Sports used to be a big part of Jonathan Tengi’s life. The 14-year-old from Allendale, NJ, played soccer, basketball and baseball, and swam on a team during the summer. Then Jonathan was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. His active schedule came to a complete halt — he even missed the last soccer match of the season. Three weeks later, with his blood sugar levels under better control and a diabetes management plan in place, Jonathan was back in the game again, in time for basketball season. He was hitting his stride, learning to live with diabetes — something he says he couldn’t have done without his teammates. “Playing sports was a huge help physically and mentally, because when I was diagnosed, it threw everything off. Being able to get back into sports really helped me keep my mind off my diabetes and feel more normal,” he says. Diabetes experts agree: Physical activity is vital to staying healthy for all kids, including those with type 1 diabetes. Here’s why and what you need to know to even the playing field for your child. Strong Minds and Bodies Exercise helps kids concentrate in school. It’s good for their hearts, for building muscles, and for controlling weight and stress. The optimal amount of exercise for children with type 1 diabetes — about an hour per day — isn’t any different than for other children, says Sheri Colberg, Ph.D., an exercise physiologist and Professor of Exercise Science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Improved Self-esteem “A chronic disease can have a negative influence on how children view themselves, but being physically active may help counteract that by increasing self-confidence,” Colberg says. Participating in team sports had an added bonus: It gave Jonathan a chance to educate his friends about his Continue reading >>

Sport Tips For Diabetics

Sport Tips For Diabetics

Participating in a sport as a diabetic takes some planning. The following tips should help diabetics get ready to play sport, whether they are children or adults. Before participating in sport or exercise, diabetics should make their doctors aware of their intentions and take notice of any advice. Testing yourself is crucial. Diabetics taking part in sport should be able to test themselves and take advice from their doctor on when to test blood sugar levels . Diabetics participating in sport may have to test before, during and after exercise. This is also known as self-monitoring . In addition to this, diabetics may also want to: Secure your insulin pump . Before playing sport, make sure that your insulin pump will not be disturbed by the activity. If you cant play a sport because of your insulin pump, consult your doctor. Choose your food carefully. Your doctor will also be able to tell you what to eat as a diabetic taking part in sport. For instance, you may need extra snack food before, during or after playing sport. Make sure you carry snacks and water with you, wherever you are exercising. Take sufficient testing equipment, medication, emergency contact information. Choose your injection site wisely if you are planning to exercise. Dont administer insulin to a part of the body about to be actively used in sport, as this can speed up the blood glucose lowering effect of the injection. Tell people. Dont exercise with people that dont know you are diabetic. There is nothing to be ashamed of, so dont hide it, particularly from teachers or sports coaches. Tell people you have diabetes . Be prepared to stop. Quitting in sport is not usually encouraged, but with diabetes you have to be prepared to stop when your bodys telling you to. In some cases this may be just long e Continue reading >>

Sports, Exercise, And Diabetes

Sports, Exercise, And Diabetes

Diabetes doesn't have to get in the way of exercise and sports competition. A number of accomplished athletes deal with diabetes while competing and exercising. And your child can, too. Like anyone else, kids with diabetes are healthier if they get plenty of exercise , which can actually help them manage their condition. Exercise can offer for kids with diabetes: Better health for life. Exercise strengthens bones and muscles and reduces the risk of heart disease and some types of cancer. Greater physical abilities. With exercise, kids can gain better coordination, balance, strength, and endurance. Exercise can increase energy levels, too. Better response to insulin and better blood sugar control. Exercise makes insulin work better in the body, which helps someone with diabetes keep their blood sugar levels in a healthier range. Weight management. To reach and maintain a healthy weight, just eating right isn't enough — people need to exercise. Exercise burns calories and builds muscle, which in turn helps the body burn more calories. And in people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes , having too much body fat keeps insulin from working as well to control blood sugar levels. Life experience. When kids get out of the house and go outdoors or visit a gym, they get a chance to meet new people and have new, interesting experiences. If they try a sport, they also learn about teamwork, sportsmanship , and competition. Increased confidence. Exercise helps boost kids' self-esteem and confidence . By mastering a skill, improving physical abilities, or helping a team, kids see what they're capable of achieving. Mental boost. Exercise can help relieve tension and stress, encourage relaxation, and improve mood. Exercise can even help clear the mind and make it easier to pay att Continue reading >>

Sports & Exercise

Sports & Exercise

Whether you’re a Division 1 athlete, play in a club sport, or just like hitting the treadmill at the gym, it’s great that you’re trying to fit exercise into your busy schedule. We know that diabetes adds a whole additional dimension to staying fit, so check out the resources below to supplement what you already know - and learn some things you may not! Maddie, member of the Seattle University Women's Tennis Team, talks about T1D and college sports. Jennifer Smith (T1D since she was a kid!), CDE/RD for Integrated Diabetes Service, answers some common T1D exercise questions. I’m about to exercise, but I just checked my blood sugar and it’s low. What is the best thing to do? Treat the low BG and wait 30 minutes to ensure the low has come up. Take a 15g carb snack if you still plan to work-out once the BG level has returned to normal, and keep a simple carb source with you to treat low during the work-out if necessary. Gatorade or a sweetened sports drink can work very well here. If you plan to workout longer than 45-60 minutes you may need an additional 15g carb snack to ensure BG doesn’t drop again. What about if it’s high? If BG is higher than 250 at the start of a work-out it’s important to test for ketones. If you work-out with moderate to high ketones, BG can climb higher and it can be dangerous. If no ketones are present, then the nature of the exercise will typically drop BG. Do not take a correction bolus of insulin for high BG before a workout – the exercise will enable this insulin to work faster and harder and it’s more likely to have a low BG during or immediately following the workout. What is the perfect blood sugar range to be in before I work out? Optimal BG for performance is between 120-180. BG less than 120 can lead to low BG during t Continue reading >>

Sport Tips For Diabetics

Sport Tips For Diabetics

Participating in a sport as a diabetic takes some planning. The following tips should help diabetics get ready to play sport, whether they are children or adults. Before participating in sport or exercise, diabetics should make their doctors aware of their intentions and take notice of any advice. Testing yourself is crucial. Diabetics taking part in sport should be able to test themselves and take advice from their doctor on when to test blood sugar levels . Diabetics participating in sport may have to test before, during and after exercise. This is also known as self-monitoring . In addition to this, diabetics may also want to: Secure your insulin pump . Before playing sport, make sure that your insulin pump will not be disturbed by the activity. If you cant play a sport because of your insulin pump, consult your doctor. Choose your food carefully. Your doctor will also be able to tell you what to eat as a diabetic taking part in sport. For instance, you may need extra snack food before, during or after playing sport. Make sure you carry snacks and water with you, wherever you are exercising. Take sufficient testing equipment, medication, emergency contact information. Choose your injection site wisely if you are planning to exercise. Dont administer insulin to a part of the body about to be actively used in sport, as this can speed up the blood glucose lowering effect of the injection. Tell people. Dont exercise with people that dont know you are diabetic. There is nothing to be ashamed of, so dont hide it, particularly from teachers or sports coaches. Tell people you have diabetes . Be prepared to stop. Quitting in sport is not usually encouraged, but with diabetes you have to be prepared to stop when your bodys telling you to. In some cases this may be just long e Continue reading >>

In The Spotlight: Sports And Type 1 Diabetes

In The Spotlight: Sports And Type 1 Diabetes

Sports used to be a big part of Jonathan Tengi’s life. The 14-year-old from Allendale, NJ, played soccer, basketball and baseball, and swam on a team during the summer. Then Jonathan was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. His active schedule came to a complete halt — he even missed the last soccer match of the season. Three weeks later, with his blood sugar levels under better control and a diabetes management plan in place, Jonathan was back in the game again, in time for basketball season. He was hitting his stride, learning to live with diabetes — something he says he couldn’t have done without his teammates. “Playing sports was a huge help physically and mentally, because when I was diagnosed, it threw everything off. Being able to get back into sports really helped me keep my mind off my diabetes and feel more normal,” he says. Diabetes experts agree: Physical activity is vital to staying healthy for all kids, including those with type 1 diabetes. Here’s why and what you need to know to even the playing field for your child. Strong Minds and Bodies Exercise helps kids concentrate in school. It’s good for their hearts, for building muscles, and for controlling weight and stress. The optimal amount of exercise for children with type 1 diabetes — about an hour per day — isn’t any different than for other children, says Sheri Colberg, Ph.D., an exercise physiologist and Professor of Exercise Science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Improved Self-esteem “A chronic disease can have a negative influence on how children view themselves, but being physically active may help counteract that by increasing self-confidence,” Colberg says. Participating in team sports had an added bonus: It gave Jonathan a chance to educate his friends about his Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Sport

Diabetes And Sport

Having diabetes doesn't mean you can't play sports Having diabetes neednt be a barrier to actively enjoying sports and exercise. Sportsmen and women with diabetes are common and have achieved some of the highest sporting awards available on the planet. Famous UK diabetic sports achievers include Steve Redgrave , who has won numerous at the Olympics including his last gold medal which he won after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Sport, or exercise of some form, is recommended for all people with diabetes because it brings a range of health benefits such as improved sensitivity to insulin, improved. Whether you take part in sport for competitive reasons, or purely for fun, it is a great way to stay healthy. Different sports have different effects on blood sugar Different sports can affect the body in different ways. For example, brisk walking and continuous jogging will usually lead to a reliable lowering in blood glucose levels. By contrast, sprinting and some upper body activities can initially lead to rises in blood sugar levels, which will come down if the exercise session is long enough. By testing your blood glucose levels around exercise, you can learn how different sports and session lengths affect your blood sugar levels. For information on how a range of sports effect blood sugar levels and how you can manage this, see the guides on individual sports in this section. You will need to watch out for hypos (too low blood sugar levels) if you are on any of the following diabetes medications: If you take any of these medications then it is important to take precautions to prevent hypos occurring, this may include taking sufficient carbohydrate before or during exercise or reducing your dose of medication prior to exercise. If you are considering changing your Continue reading >>

Diabetes Does Not Have To Keep Your Child From Playing Sports

Diabetes Does Not Have To Keep Your Child From Playing Sports

An even playing field is all most parents hope for as their children enter organized sports. Most of us dont expect our child to be the next LeBron James, but we do want our young ones to have a shot at success just like everyone else. Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy If your child has diabetes, it doesnt have to hold him or her back from sports. It just requires that parents, medical staff and coaches work together to ensure optimal health of the young athlete. With proper outpatient management, a winning game plan is doable. Diabetes is incredibly common, says orthopaedic specialist Dominic King, DO . If you have an organized way to coach young athletes, you should have an organized way to treat athletes with diabetes. Control is the operative word, Dr. King says. The management of a child athlete with diabetes is very similar to managing any child who is an athlete, Dr. King says. Just like you watch all athletes for injuries, you have to watch diabetic athletes for hypo- or hyperglycemia. With strict attention to blood glucose concentration, diet and hydration , most sports and activities are fair game for children with diabetes. There are no real limitations to activity, Dr. King says. In fact, there are some specific benefits in regards to improved blood glucose control and an overall healthy lifestyle. There are a few more extreme sporting activities such as rock climbing, skydiving or scuba diving that you would probably want your child to avoid if he or she has diabetes. Dr. King warns against anything that, if you passed out during the activity, you could be in life-threatening danger. Also, make sure that your childs Continue reading >>

Sport Tips For Diabetics

Sport Tips For Diabetics

Participating in a sport as a diabetic takes some planning. The following tips should help diabetics get ready to play sport, whether they are children or adults. Before participating in sport or exercise, diabetics should make their doctors aware of their intentions and take notice of any advice. Testing yourself is crucial. Diabetics taking part in sport should be able to test themselves and take advice from their doctor on when to test blood sugar levels . Diabetics participating in sport may have to test before, during and after exercise. This is also known as self-monitoring . In addition to this, diabetics may also want to: Secure your insulin pump . Before playing sport, make sure that your insulin pump will not be disturbed by the activity. If you cant play a sport because of your insulin pump, consult your doctor. Choose your food carefully. Your doctor will also be able to tell you what to eat as a diabetic taking part in sport. For instance, you may need extra snack food before, during or after playing sport. Make sure you carry snacks and water with you, wherever you are exercising. Take sufficient testing equipment, medication, emergency contact information. Choose your injection site wisely if you are planning to exercise. Dont administer insulin to a part of the body about to be actively used in sport, as this can speed up the blood glucose lowering effect of the injection. Tell people. Dont exercise with people that dont know you are diabetic. There is nothing to be ashamed of, so dont hide it, particularly from teachers or sports coaches. Tell people you have diabetes . Be prepared to stop. Quitting in sport is not usually encouraged, but with diabetes you have to be prepared to stop when your bodys telling you to. In some cases this may be just long e Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Endurance Sports

Diabetes And Endurance Sports

Published September 6, 2017 Regular, moderate exercise can help prevent Type 2 diabetes and reduce or slow complications from Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. But what about more intense physical activity such as endurance sports including marathons and triathlons? With healthy training and nutrition management to meet individualized goals, people with diabetes can achieve improved blood glucose control and fewer hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) episodes while participating in endurance sports. When it comes to sports, diabetes management always is the first priority. First, talk to your diabetes doctor about an insulin pump, continuous glucose monitor and pre-training medical testing. Determine your safe blood glucose range for training and competing. Once you've gotten the go-ahead from your doctor, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist specializing in sports and diabetes care. Avoiding hypoglycemia is important before, during and after endurance training. If blood sugar is 70 to 100 mg/dl before exercise, then a snack that includes 15 grams of carbohydrate is recommended. For exercise that lasts longer than 60 minutes, additional carbohydrate may be needed to keep blood sugar within a safe range. When starting an endurance sport, follow these five tips: Check your blood sugar frequently, and stay in the blood glucose range that you and your physician decide upon. Always carry a quickly absorbable form of glucose glucose tablets, sports drinks, gels or energy bars when training. Train with a partner until you are skilled at avoiding hypoglycemia. Wear a medical alert ID bracelet, or any medical tag that helps alert paramedics or emergency responders of your diabetes and any additional important medical condition that may require immediate or special attention. Eat and Continue reading >>

Sports, Exercise, And Diabetes

Sports, Exercise, And Diabetes

People with diabetes can exercise and play sports at the same level as everyone else. But some don't. Take Olympic gold-medal swimmer Gary Hall Jr., for instance. He definitely doesn't swim like an average person. And pro golfers Kelli Kuehne and Michelle McGann don't putt like the folks at your local mini golf, either. All of these athletes deal with diabetes while wiping out the competition. Get the idea? Whether you want to go for the gold or just go hiking in your hometown, diabetes shouldn't hold you back. reduces your risk of heart disease and some types of cancer improves coordination, balance, strength, and endurance helps insulin work better in the body, which helps blood sugar levels stay in a healthy range burns calories, which helps you reach and stay at a healthy weight teaches you about teamwork, competition, and courage relieves tension and stress, relaxes you, and boosts your mood, too can even help you clear your mind and focus your attention better All exercise is great whether it's walking the dog or playing team sports. Just be sure to do it every day. Changing exercise habits can be hard for everyone at first. But most people say that once they start feeling the benefits, they're hooked. After that, it's a lot easier to keep going. But there are some facts you need to know about exercise and diabetes. The muscles need more energy during exercise, so the body releases extra sugar, or glucose . For people with diabetes, this can have some side effects. For example, if the body doesn't have enough insulin to use the glucose that's released during exercise, then the glucose stays in the blood, which leads to high blood sugar levels. This is called hyperglycemia (pronounced: hy-pur-gly-SEE-mee-uh). Not having enough insulin to use the sugar in the blood Continue reading >>

Sports, Exercise, And Diabetes

Sports, Exercise, And Diabetes

Diabetes doesn't have to get in the way of exercise and sports competition. A number of accomplished athletes deal with diabetes while competing and exercising. And your child can, too. Like anyone else, kids with diabetes are healthier if they get plenty of exercise , which can actually help them manage their condition. Exercise can offer for kids with diabetes: Better health for life. Exercise strengthens bones and muscles and reduces the risk of heart disease and some types of cancer. Greater physical abilities. With exercise, kids can gain better coordination, balance, strength, and endurance. Exercise can increase energy levels, too. Better response to insulin and better blood sugar control. Exercise makes insulin work better in the body, which helps someone with diabetes keep their blood sugar levels in a healthier range. Weight management. To reach and maintain a healthy weight, just eating right isn't enough — people need to exercise. Exercise burns calories and builds muscle, which in turn helps the body burn more calories. And in people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes , having too much body fat keeps insulin from working as well to control blood sugar levels. Life experience. When kids get out of the house and go outdoors or visit a gym, they get a chance to meet new people and have new, interesting experiences. If they try a sport, they also learn about teamwork, sportsmanship , and competition. Increased confidence. Exercise helps boost kids' self-esteem and confidence . By mastering a skill, improving physical abilities, or helping a team, kids see what they're capable of achieving. Mental boost. Exercise can help relieve tension and stress, encourage relaxation, and improve mood. Exercise can even help clear the mind and make it easier to pay att Continue reading >>

Everything You Need To Know About Being An Athlete With Diabetes

Everything You Need To Know About Being An Athlete With Diabetes

What do Scott Verplank (5 time PGA tour winner), Jay Cutler (Quarterback for the Denver Broncos and the Chicago Bears), and Jackie Robinson (Brooklyn Dodgers) all have in common? Besides having achieved immense success in their sports career, they have also achieved a measure of success when managing their diabetes. Had they not managed their diabetes very well, it is safe to say that they would have not been at the top of their careers. Their performance would have been impeded by signs and symptoms of low or high blood sugar. When not performing at their best on a professional team, sportsmen can be fired for poor performance. So if an athlete is managing their diabetes, they should not be kept from playing professional or any kind of sports when they have the ability to do so. With all of their team mates counting on them, athletes with diabetes have a lot to think about, prepare for, and do, because of the added complexity that their diabetes brings to the playing field. There is a list of people in sports with diabetes on Wikipedia. Looking at the length of the list, it is clear that it is possible to succeed in just about any sport with diabetes. There are literally people with diabetes in every sport imaginable. There are people in football, baseball, basketball, canoe slalom, cricket, cycling, soccer, golf, ice hockey, and more. What does it take to be an athlete with diabetes? To be a successful athlete with diabetes, it is going to take some stellar self-management skills. The most important thing that an athlete with diabetes has to worry about is low blood sugars. With proper nutrition and strict control, you too can hit the ball out of the park, or reach the finish line, (all without episodes of hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia). Hard work or low blood sugar? Continue reading >>

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