It is important to recognize the symptoms of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia when they occur and what to do for a quick fix.
Hyperglycemia is a condition that occurs when your blood sugar levels are too high. You should recognize it when it occurs.
The main signal of hyperglycemia is dehydration. This can manifest itself in the form extreme thirst, dryness in your mouth and the need to urinate frequently.
If your blood sugar levels remain high while exercising, drink extra liquids to replace the fluids lost through your kidneys. Water is preferable over other drinks. Avoid caffeinated drinks, alcohol, and soda pops.
You must be careful of fluids containing a lot of sugar, including the many sports drinks being advertised today. Always check product labels. You can continue to exercise if you are exhibiting minor signs of hyperglycemia but if the condition persists, consult with your medical advisor.
It is important to check your blood glucose levels before, during (if possible) and after you exercise, especially if your activity is intense and last more than an hour. Check it every 30 minutes. Low blood sugar or hypoglycemia can occur up to 4 hours after exercising.
You should know the warning signs of low sugar levels during exercising. These include dizziness, anxiety, shaking and uneasiness. One minute you feel fine and the next you are moving in slow motion as if someone is quickly dimming your energy switch. To counteract this have a fast acting carb available such as glucose tablets, healthy juice, raisins or as a last resort some pieces of candies.
You should eat a well-balanced meal one to two hours before exercising. This will minimize the risks associated with hypoglycemia. You could also make your own healthy energy drink using natural ingredients to keep up your sugar levels.
Normal Glucose Levels
As I will be indicating throughout my posts, one of the main goals of the training I will be writing about, is for you as a diabetic to control your blood glucose level. Your goal is to keep it in the normal range at all times. A failure to maintain normal glucose level is at the root of the many problems that afflict diabetics. This is why you must visit your diabetic health care professional to have them document your current glucose level. They can also offer helpful suggestion besides exercise to get it in the normal range.
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