Written by Bina Naik | 
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Reeja Tharu, M.Phil.,Ph.DDr. Shroff, Dr. Sumana on Mar 15, 2016

Do & Don'ts about Exercise Programme in Diabetes

The exercise program should be initiated only after approval from the physician. Screening and evaluation before starting the physical activity can significantly reduce the risks involved in exercise.

Appropriate activity pattern is prescribed according to age, presence or absence of diabetic complications and physical disability. One must exercise at one's own pace rather than trying to compete with others. Diabetics with certain complications should avoid physical activities:

  • If there are eye problems (retinopathy) - exercise should not be allowed till retinopathy is corrected
  • If there is nerve damage (neuropathy) in the foot - Avoid running, jogging, or cycling. Advised only to wear prescribed footwear
  • If there is damage to the nerves that regulate internal body function (autonomic neuropathy) - physical activity should be avoided as there may be risk of developing dehydration or low blood pressure
  • If the high blood pressure (hypertension) is high - avoid resistance exercises

Some undesirable effects that may be related to physical activity include

  • Increase in the amount of protein in the urine
  • Increase or decrease in blood pressure during exercise
  • Fluctuation of blood glucose levels
  • Increase in ketones in uncontrolled diabetics


Bose99 Monday, April 1, 2013

My fasting sugar is 253 and after 2 hours of lunch is 353 and this i came know ony on 28/03/2013 . You are requested to advice me , so that my blood sugar comes down , because i am suffering from cataract and has been suggested for operation,so pl advice,so that i can go for operation as soon as possible .

Rud1645 Thursday, August 9, 2012

My fasting sugar is 116 and after 2 hours of breakfast is 206 without taking any tablets.. when i was taking tablet Gluformin xl 500 mg. my sugar was under control.could you please suggest me what to now and what to eat ??

hasan007 Tuesday, July 17, 2012

i have diabetes my gluose level is on fasting 116 and after food it become 220 same time i am taking tablet is this good in that level thanks and best regards waiting for your answer

priyas123 Thursday, June 14, 2012

my glucose level on fasting is 125 and after food it becomes 205 . pls advise me the best mothod to reduce glucose level. iam taking medicine for PCOD and diatary suppliments. which are the food i have to avoid? and the remody to control it.

kumaralg Sunday, October 2, 2011

my blood sugar level is now 135 after meal it gets 180, please advise me how can i bring this level to below normal. once below normal brings after, can we keep the same level? I am going to getting marriage next month, if i get marriage, is there any problem for my wife and children's. please help me for this information.

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