Avoid Hypoglycemia - Exercise in the Right Order
Do strength training before aerobic exercise.
Type 1 diabetics have to be careful when they are exercising or doing any physical activity.
While exercise is an important activity in managing diabetes , it can also be dangerous as one can get hypoglycaemia during and after exercise.
“In a recent study, Dr. Jane Yardley, as part of her PhD studies at the University of Ottawa, looked at how the order of resistant and aerobic exercises might affect blood glucose control in people with type 1 diabetes. The findings suggest that type 1 diabetes patients may be able to prevent the risk of hypoglycemia by strength training before doing aerobic exercises.
The study involved 12 physically active men and women (average age 32) with type 1 diabetes. Each participant completed two exercise sessions conducted at least five days apart. In one session, each individual ran on a treadmill for 45 minutes and then lifted weights for 45 minutes. In the other session, the exercise sequence was reversed.”
A nice and simple study, yet such a useful result. Very practical advice : If you are diabetic and want to exercise, you are advised to do a bit of strength training, before you take on aerobic exercise.