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Running With Diabetes: Everything You Need To Know

When you realise how many athletes there are that have diabetes, it is clear how possible it is to succeed as a runner with diabetes. In nearly every sport imaginable there are those that suffer from diabetes, but they don’t let it hold them back.

To be a successful runner with diabetes it takes some serious self-management skills. Diet is extremely important to diabetes sufferers, which is exacerbated by the inclusion of heavy exercise.

With proper control and good nutrition, you too can be successful in long distance running events. All it takes is a little know-how.

Low Blood Sugar

Some of the signs and symptoms of low blood sugar include sweating and feeling fatigued. But when you are exercising, these things occur to all of us, so it can be difficult to notice if you have low blood sugar or are just having a great workout. If you do suffer with diabetes, it is important to pay close attention to what your body is telling you.

Staying on top of your blood sugar levels is an everyday challenge for those with diabetes, but there are things you can do to stay on top of things.

Monitoring your blood sugar levels

Before you do any type of exercise or training, check your blood sugar levels. You won’t want to start exercising until your blood sugar level is above 70mg/dl. If it is lower than this, you will need to eat an extra snack prior to your routine.


If you feel as though your blood sugar is a little high before you take part in a running event – don’t worry. The adrenaline rush that occurs when you are excited will make it jump slightly. You may also want to account to changes in blood sugar brought about by extreme hot or cold temperature depending on where you are running. 


29th May 2018, 11:21
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