This article provides practical tips for advising people with type 2 diabetes on how to engage in regular exercise safely and effectively. Its focus is on individuals who wish to exceed the minimum physical activity recommendation of 150 minutes/week of moderate-intensity exercise or even compete in their chosen sport. Health care professionals who work with such individuals must have a basic understanding of glucose metabolism during exercise, nutritional requirements, blood glucose management, medications, and sport-related considerations. This article reviews three key aspects of individualized care for physically active people with type 2 diabetes: 1) initial medical assessment and pre-exercise screenings, 2) glucose monitoring and nutritional considerations, and 3) the combined glycemic effects of exercise and medications.
Clinical Considerations and Practical Advice for People Living With Type 2 Diabetes Who Undertake Regular Exercise or Aim to Exercise Competitively
Sam N. Scott, Charlotte Hayes, Thomas Zeuger, Andrew P. Davies, Rob C. Andrews, Matthew Cocks; Clinical Considerations and Practical Advice for People Living With Type 2 Diabetes Who Undertake Regular Exercise or Aim to Exercise Competitively. Diabetes Spectr 1 May 2023; 36 (2): 114–126. https://doi.org/10.2337/dsi22-0015
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