By Jennifer Wimpee, RD, LD, CDCES
Clinical Territory Manager | San Antonio, TX
Exercising for a person with diabetes can present some challenges. Exercise can sometimes cause glucose values to decrease. Insulin can also cause glucose values to decrease, which can contribute to a greater risk of hypoglycemia during activity.
Here are some tips to consider when exercising while using SmartGuard™ Auto Mode:1*
Here are some tips to consider when exercising while using the InPen™ Smart Insulin Pen:
Conversely, if prior to exercise a glucose is high for unknown reasons (greater than 270 mg/dL), it is important to avoid the activity until the glucose is back in target range.3 In order to help decrease the likelihood of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), whether using an insulin pump or insulin pen, check for urine ketones and deliver a correction dose based on the prescribed insulin settings. If ketones are present, do not exercise. Instead, follow the protocol for treating hyperglycemia and preventing DKA.4 As always people living with diabetes should discuss appropriate exercise guidelines with their HCPs.
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