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Diabetes Sugar Levels Free Alert for Exercise to Treat Type 1 Diabetes

Must be read, diabetes sugar levels alert! Exercise at 70% of maximal heart rate (usually level 2 to 3 out of 10 on the exertion scale) can lower the sugar reading. Not all results are the same and the researchers think it could be due to type, amount and intensity of the exercise.

As a whole though, there is change for the better as to the effect of insulin post exercise. Lower diabetes sugar levels can either allow you to reduce the insulin dose or increase the amount of food one can eat. And this is not all the benefit gained from the exercise so read on to find out.

Other cardiovascular risk issues like high cholesterol and triglyceride levels can be lowered. Reduced diabetes sugar levels will help lower high blood pressure and this in turn will no doubt reduce the likelihood of developing complications. Small steps for sure, but a giant leap for Type 1 diabetes. And I will give you proof in a second.

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In 1998, a study was conducted involving 1500 subjects with diabetes. Here’s what they found out. People with blood pressure of 144/81 had considerably less cardiovascular troubles than those with blood pressure of 148/85. Doesn’t that encourage you to exercise?


What should be done with the insulin dose when you exercise? With well controlled diabetes, lower your insulin dose before you exercise. Why? Because physical activity has a supercharging result on insulin. Your experience is your best guide on this matter so keep an exercise log.

For example your log will tell you what happened when you lowered your insulin dose 15% on days you exercised for 30 minutes or so at low or reasonable intensity. This is how much the dose is lowered generally but may not be the right thing for you. So, did your exercise log show if your diabetes sugar levels went down? Be guided accordingly.


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Review Diabetes Sugar Levels? or Diabetes Types Exercise?

So what are the guidelines to go by?

1. If your blood sugar is below 80 mg/dL, eat at least 15 grams of carbohydrates before you exercise. See list below for approximate carbohydrate content of some food. Do not exercise until your blood sugar is above 100 mg/dL So you see your diabetes sugar levels will point in the right direction.

2. Wear a medical diabetes bracelet to let people know you have diabetes because with an insulin reaction, you won’t be able to speak.

3. Avoid exercising at the time of peak insulin activity.

4. Don’t inject insulin on the body part you will be exercising as this will boost the absorption of insulin and the diabetes sugar levels will speedily go down.

5. Be on the lookout for hypoglycemia.


After a vigorous exercise session that lasts for an hour or more, check your blood sugar levels after 15 minutes and every two hours for eight hours. Why? Because after a lengthy exercise, the carbohydrates you eat afterwards might make you suffer from hypoglycemia.


Here’s the diabetes food list and the approximate carbohydrate content of each in grams. You can make use of them for snacks for exercise or when you’re on the road:

Diabetes Food List
1 medium apple20 grams
1 bagel30 grams
1 slice of bread15 grams
10 cherries10 grams
1 fig bar10 grams
1 square Graham cracker5 grams
1/2 cup grapes20 grams
8 oz. grape juice25 grams
6 oz milk15 grams
1 medium orange15 grams
pear20 grams
5 dried prunes25 grams
1/2 cup seedless raisins60 grams
5 saltine crackers10 grams
1 sandwich30 grams

I hope all these will not deter you from exercising. Let’s take a lesson from Bobby Clark of the Philadelphia Flyers. He had Type 1 diabetes and he played hockey, superb hockey at that. And you can’t have a more vigorous exercise than hockey. Believe me, I know because even watching hockey makes me tired. Here are more famous people who kept on with their activities and succeeded!

Diabetes: Diabetes and Hollywood ? These Hollywood stars have diabetes. From Halle Berry to Elizabeth Taylor to Elvis. All manage the Hollywood spotlight and diabetes! You will be surprised.

To sum up, here are the benefits you get from regular exercise:

  • Improved control of diabetes sugar levels
  • A reduced amount of need for insulin or pills
  • More effective use of insulin
  • Less diabetes complications
  • Lower cardiovascular risk factors

Diabetes Sugar Levels, What Should They Be? Diabetes sugar levels ranges are what your physician thinks are most favorable for you. As a guide, here are what the levels should be for most people:

Blood Sugar Levels for Most People
[Before breakfast, upon waking up][80 to 120]
[Before mealtime][80 to 120]
[2 hours after meal time][160 or less]
[At bedtime][100 to 140]




Your healthcare team will guide you as to what your blood sugar levels should be. Print this chart and write down blood sugar ranges that you are told as best for you.

My Own Blood Sugar Levels
[Before breakfast, upon waking up][_______ to _______]
[Before mealtime][_______ to _______]
[2 hours after meal time][_______ to _______]
[At bedtime][_______ to _______]

You can’t beat these benefits especially it will take only two hours of work- out a week. With a low reading of your diabetes sugar levels, you will look and feel better as a result because you will be as fit as a fiddle. You have to agree; this is better than any bottle of vitamins or drugs you can buy, even when it‘s on sale.

The following are the recommended testing times and their corresponding target goals:

Test Times and Target Goals
Test TimesTarget Goals
1-2 Hours After Breakfast less than 180
Before Lunch80-120
1-2 Hours After Lunch less than 180
Before Dinner80-120
1-2 Hours After Dinnerless than 180
Before Bedtime100-140
3 AM70-110




Here's Clive from London in England. He was diagnosed with type 1 insulin dependent diabetes. He has four injections a day and two pills a day, but he is not giving up. He refuses to give in to diabetes. He is carrying on and won't let diabetes get him down. Listen to his advice by clicking on the arrow button:


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