December 1, 2008
Hypoglycemia barrier to diabetic exercise
A majority of diabetics avoid physical activity because they worry about exercise-induced hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, Canadian researchers said.
Our findings confirmed our clinical suspicion, study co-author Dr. Remi Rabasa-Lhoret of the University of Montreal said in a statement.
Exercise has been proven to improve health and one would assume diabetics would remain active. Yet our findings indicate that type 1 diabetics, much like the general public, are not completely comfortable with exercise.
Fifty-two participants demonstrated appropriate knowledge of how insulin is metabolized and processed. Such knowledge is essential in order to adapt insulin and/or food intake to prevent hypoglycemia induced by exercise, Rabasa-Lhoret said.
Programs aimed an increasing physical activity among type 1 adult diabetics need to incorporate specific actions to prevent hypoglycemia, Rabasa-Lhoret said.
The study, published in Diabetes Care, builds on previous investigations that found more than 60 percent of adult diabetics aren't physically active.