Eating right and exercising are the two most important things in your life when it comes to diabetes management. To prevent blood sugar drops, spikes, and to ensure you have the energy you need to get your body moving, it's important to plan ahead for a workout.
Low Blood Sugar
If you are at risk for low blood sugar, or if your blood sugar is relatively stable, fuel yourself with some healthy carbohydrates before your workout. Some good choices include fruit, low-fat yogurt, whole-grain crackers with peanut butter, cereal or oatmeal.
Just in case your blood sugar drops, keep a juice box in your gym bag. Natural fruit juice is a quick way to replenish your blood sugar should it have a sharp drop.
High Blood Sugar
If blood sugar spikes are more your concern, nix the carbs and go for protein. Protein raises blood sugar levels more slowly than carbs. Some good choices include low-fat, low-sodium deli meats, some chicken breast, chicken or tuna salad, eggs, tofu, cheese sticks, cottage cheese or nuts.
During or after a workout, as long as your blood sugar isn't low, you can stick to protein-rich snacks.
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