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Diabetic Diet Meets Exercise Routine

for best results.

Your Diabetic Diet can not stand alone. Neither can an exercise program. You are what you eat. You are what you do or don't do.

You also know by now in the game that there are a number of types of diabetes including:

  • Type I Diabetes Mellitis (DM)
  • Type II DM
  • Gestational Diabetes

and other specific conditions including:

  • Endocrinopathies
  • Certain Genetic Syndromes
  • Certain reactions to drugs or chemicals
  • Cell destruction by virus's
  • Uncommon forms of immune-mediated diabetes
  • Diseases of the exocrine pancreas
  • Defects in Beta-cell function
  • Genetic Defects in insulin action
effects on the exercise response.

Normal conditions and no diabetes causes precise and specific hormonal and metabolic events that maintain glucose balance.

In diabetics, it's a different story. These hormonal and metabolic events do not occur and the balance between available usable glucose and liver glucose production can be disturbed.

Diabetes reacts to a single exercise session based on several factors, including:

  • use and type of blood glucose lowering meds
  • when the meds are taken
  • pre-exercise blood glucose levels
  • timing, amount and type of pre-exercise food - diet
  • diabetic complications presence and severity
  • other medications
  • intensity, duration and type of exercise

A ton of information to keep track of right? It may seem overwhelming but as you can see from the list above, your diabetes diet (when, what and how much) will greatly impact exercise and it's effects on your health and condition.

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  • Improvement in blood glucose control (Type II primarily)
  • Improved insulin sensitivity
  • Lowered medication dose requirements
  • Weight loss which improves insulin sensitivity
  • Cardiovascular benefits
  • Stress reduction
  • Preventing Type II diabetes (what is your family history?)

medication management.

Two main medications for diabetes control and management that can affect diet in a direct +/or indirect way are:

  • Insulin
  • Oral agents

Insulin lets glucose to get into the cells of tissues sensitive to insulin.

oral agents.

Oral agents allow the pancreas to secret more insulin (in type 2), increase insulin sensitivity, change the rate of carbohydrate absorption, and/or reduce liver glycogenolysis.

So, in the big picture, these two medications can cause hypoglycemia when it comes to exercise testing and training. This is precisely why attention to timing of meds, diet intake, and blood glucose level before and after exercise is critical. Check blood glucose levels if exercise sessions are greater than 60 minutes. diabetes and coronary artery disease.

The sad but interesting fact in managing diabetes is the secondary complication of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). This also helps us understand how we can manage diabetes with diet and also using that same diet, help CAD.

In exercise though, various protocols are used based on risk factors but for those tested with the protocols for generally healthy population, the most important reason for exercise testing is to

  • Identify the presence and extent of CAD (Coronary Artery Disease).
  • Find specific ranges for aerobic exercise training.

The most important note for you to remember is that, in general, 1 hour of exercise requires an additional 15g of carbohydrates as part of your diabetic diet either before or after exercise.

If exercise is longer than that or more vigorous, an additional 15-30 g of carbs must be considered in your diet for each additional hour of exercise. Knowing these little facts are important as you control your diabetic diet and manage your diabetes as a whole. when not to exercise.

  • Active or recent retinal hemorrhage
  • Any infections
  • Any illness
  • Blood glucose above 250 mg/dl or 80-100 mg/dl
  • Exercise late in the even can cause nighttime hypoglycemia
  • Keep note of your blood pressure. Report out of the ordinary high BP's to your doctor.
It's a smart move to:
  • Keep some Gu or orange juice on hand when exercising
  • Drink, drink, drink...water that is - easy on the sugar and caffeine!!
  • Don't die from the feet up! Wear good shoes and socks and inspect your feet daily!
  • Diabetic complications can happen fast. Carry medical ID

Your diabetic diet can take time to manage and control. Your exercise plan will take some effort to manage as well. Expect 4-6 months of training to reach your higher goals.

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