When you are hyperglycaemic, it’s a ‘No exercise day’!
It is always prudent to check your blood glucose levels before doing any type of physical exercise. This is very important for all the diabetics (especially T1D), as it may result in hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia both.
Yes! You read it right, it may result in hyperglycaemia too, in T1 diabetics (less often or rarely in T2 diabetics).
If your test results show low blood glucose levels, exercise can be done after intake of any sugar rich product.
On the other hand, if your test results show you are hyperglycaemic, then it’s a ‘No exercise day’ for you, as it will further shoot up your blood glucose levels. Another concern in hyperglycaemia is of ketone bodies. If your blood test or urine test shows presence of ketones, then exercise is strictly denied.
What happens during exercise when you are hyperglycaemic?
Whenever we are exercising, stress hormones are produced by body which further stimulates liver to produce more glucose as a source of energy, but in case of T1 diabetics there is no insulin production so as to absorb the excessive glucose by the body cells, which further increases the sugar levels adding more trouble to already existing hyperglycaemia. In this condition, liver start burning fatty acids into ketone bodies to be utilised as a source of energy and may lead to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).