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Watch for Lows After Workouts

It’s no secret that exercise provides countless health benefits, but for youth with type 1 diabetes it can also pose a risk. Researchers studied the effect of moderate to vigorous exercise in 14- to 20-year-olds with type 1 diabetes. For three to five days, the 19 participants wore accelerometers to measure their activity and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) to track glucose levels. Participating in moderate to vigorous exercise was linked to a greater risk for hypoglycemia (blood glucose at or below 70 mg/dl) overnight and during the following day. Keeping in mind the extended effects of exercise on blood glucose may help you adjust insulin and food to aid in preventing lows.
Source: Diabetes Care, published online Feb. 26, 2014