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Going low during exercise can be frightening. Preventing low blood glucose involves two strategies: decreasing insulin dosage or increasing carbohydrate intake. Sounds simple, but in reality it takes time for each individual to find the right combination that works for him or her.
Why decrease insulin and increase carbohydrate with exercise to prevent lows? Exercise causes an insulinlike effect; muscular contractions push glucose into the muscle—an action independent of insulin. So the normal dose of insulin when taken with exercise has the potential to trigger low blood glucose levels.
Preventing a Low
Here are some tips for preventing a low blood glucose during a workout. The goal is to complete your exercise and recovery with as little change in blood glucose as possible.
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