Preparing For Physical Activity With Type 1 Diabetes | Cornerstones4Care®

Prepping Your Child for Physical Activity

Nearly all vigorous exercise lasting 30 minutes or more (such as a gym class at school or a football match) will require an adjustment of your child’s food intake and/or insulin dose. 

Your child’s diabetes care team will let you know what your child should eat and teach you how to adjust the insulin dose based on the activity he or she will be doing. When it comes to insulin pumps and physical activity, ask your child’s health care provider about managing insulin pumps during exercise and whether or not the pump should be removed temporarily.  

Depending on how exercise affects your child’s blood sugar, the diabetes care team may recommend some or all of the following:

  • Give them a fast-acting carbohydrate-containing snack just before exercise
  • Reduce their insulin dose for the meal to be eaten before exercise
  • Check their blood sugar before, during, and after activity 
  • Make sure they have a fast-acting carbohydrate snack with them when they exercise to treat low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) if it occurs. For more information on treating hypoglycemia, click here

Getting Kids More Active…at Their Own Pace

Some kids are so involved in sports that they are always moving. Others need a little bit more motivation. Cornerstones4Care® for type 1 diabetes has plenty of kid-friendly suggestions for making kids more comfortable with physical activity.

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