Depending on the child's disease status and other factors, blood sugar levels may need to be checked before and/or after exercise. The child will need to learn to recognize the signs of low blood sugar while being active, and should always bring appropriate snacks and water to stay well hydrated. For more information about exercising with diabetes, click here.
a type of cell in the pancreas. Alpha cells make and release a hormone called glucagon. The body sends a signal to the alpha cells to make glucagon when blood glucose falls too low. Then glucagon reaches the liver where it tells it to release glucose into the blood for energy.