What should your blood sugar level be before you exercise? What about medication? The answers you need are all here.
Certain exercises can increase stress on the body hormone release, leading to temporary rise in blood sugar production.
Examples of such exercises include brief but intense exercises such as sprinting and powerlifting.
Usually a small increase that lasts for 1-2 hours is not a concern if your pre-exercise blood sugar level was not excessively high.
Examples of fast-acting sugars (carbohydrates):
Note: If you are on insulin and/or sulphonylurea, standby 15g of fast-acting sugars due to a higher risk of hypoglycemia occurring with exercise.
Pro Tip: Blood sugar levels between 5.6 to 15 = Good to Go!
Consume your medications as prescribed by your doctor. Do not skip medications and attempt to replace it with exercise.
Consult your doctor for a medication review if you are changing your exercise routine.
If you are on insulin, sulphonylurea (e.g., gliclazide, glimepiride, glipizide and tolbutamide) or meglitinides (e.g., repaglinide), your blood sugar levels may decrease faster as compared to other medications.
Start easy, monitor signs and symptoms closely, and avoid prolonged exercise.
Consult your doctor for a medication review if you experience signs and symptoms of hypoglycaemia.
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