First Things First

by diabetes care guide

Before beginning any exercise program speak to either (or both) your family doctor or diabetes education team. These health care professionals will assess your risk of adverse symptoms, and may be able to refer you to a diabetes exercise professional, or will have one as part of their team. This will not only increase the safety aspect, but also the effectiveness of your program.

Having a stress test before starting is another necessary first step, especially if you fall into any of the following categories. Information from this test will be helpful in assessing you heart health and establishing a safe training heart rate.

Recommended to get a stress test if:
  • You have or are at risk of having coronary artery disease
  • You are over 35 years old
  • You are over 25 years old and have had diabetes for more than 10 years

The next step is to go and do some shopping. Foot care is very important, so having the proper shoes and socks will help avoid issues such as shin splints, but also ulcers that can be difficult to treat. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

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