Living with Diabetes

Sport and Fitness

Dealing with Low Blood Glucose Levels after Exercise

Exercise and Blood Sugar Testing

Exercise is very important in the management of Diabetes; however, it is essential to check your blood sugar levels before, during, and after exercise to avoid any problems. Blood sugar testing will help you determine how your body responds to exercise and avoid any dangerous fluctuation in your blood sugar levels. Read more

Exercise to Increase Your Flexibility

Warming up before starting exercise is essential in order to prepare your body in order to prevent injuries. One way to warm up is to perform stretching exercise. Fixed stretching involves flexing/tensing the muscles to help prevent injuries and allow greater flexibility. Read more

Exercising in the Summer Sun

Temperatures are very high during summer in Kuwait, making it unsafe for you to stay outside for prolonged periods of time. Exposure to the intense sun and heat can put you at risk of dehydration and heat stroke. This is especially important to consider for younger children and older people. Read more

Reducing Your Weight

Becoming obese or overweight is a major cause of insulin resistence and can cause Type 2 Diabetes. Excess abdominal weight makes the body insensitive to insulin. When you are overweight, your body needs more insulin and the effectiveness of the insulin in your body decreases. Read more

Snack Guidelines for People on Insulin

Your blood sugar reading before exercise will tell you whether or not you need to have a snack before you start exercising. The guideline below gives you a starting point for how many grams of carbohydrates will be required based on your blood sugar level.
The below guideline is mainly applicable for people that are taking insulin that are counting carbohydrates however it can be used as a general guide for all people with Diabetes that are at risk of a hypoglycaemic episode due to treatment/condition. Read more

Types of Exercise for People with Diabetes

It is important to incorporate exercise into your daily routine in order to lower your blood sugar levels, promote cardiovascular fitness, prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes and its complications, and achieve a healthy weight and for an overall sense of well-being. Exercising for as little as 150 minutes per week is proven to have a positive impact on glycemic levels. The beneficial effects of exercise for people with Diabetes are seen with a consistent, long-term exercise program. The exercise regimen will have to be individualized and monitored. Read more

What Can Physical Activity Do For You?

Exercise is important for everyone but it’s even more important for people who have Diabetes because it has a positive effect on blood sugar management. As such, some form of exercise should be prescribed as an essential part of your Diabetes management plan. Read more

Diabetes and Exercise

Exercise is an important part of your Diabetes management plan. When you exercise, your muscles use sugar for energy. Regular physical activity also improves your body's response to insulin. Even light activities such as housework, gardening or being on your feet for extended periods of time can lower your blood sugar level. To improve blood sugar control, the American Diabetes Association recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity physical activity or at least 90 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic exercise. Read more

Exercise and Insulin

In general, people with Diabetes treated with insulin who wish to exercise require less insulin to control their blood sugar levels. This might be due to a more rapid absorption of insulin by the areas that have been exercised, and an increase in the effectiveness of the insulin itself. Depending on the type of exercise you do, your health care provider may need to lower your insulin dose if you take insulin to treat your Diabetes and/or increase the amount of food you eat in order to avoid low blood sugar levels or hypoglycaemia. Read more