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Exercise when taking medications

    How long do I have to exercise if I take medications for diabetes? I heard that exercise can help lower my sugar down.
  • Samuel Grossman, BS Pharm, Pharm.D, CDE PROFESSIONAL
    Exercise does help reduce blood sugar. For patients with diabetes, moderate intensity exercise such as walking or riding a bicycles is recommended for a period of up to 30 minutes at least 5 days of the week. Organizations such as the American Diabetes Association recommends that exercise should be different for each individual based on how the individual tolerates exercise. Exercise is recommended even if you take medications for diabetes. To ensure that your blood sugar is not dropping too low, it is important to do a fingerstick monitor before the exercise. Consider discussing with your provider what to do if your fingersticks are too high or too low prior to exercise. Also, discuss with your provider how long you should exercise and how intensive your exercise should be.