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Morning Workouts Safer for People with Type 1 Diabetes, Study Suggests

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Morning Workouts Safer for People with Type 1 Diabetes, Study Suggests

If you have Type 1 Diabetes and are hoping to break a sweat, try working out first thing in the morning to ensure you are staying safe.

New research at the University of Alberta shows that, for people with Type 1 diabetes, working out in the morning may be safer than doing so later in the day. Among Type 1 diabetics who worked out in the morning, blood sugar levels remained at a healthy level. Those who exercised in the afternoon, on the other hand, experienced a drop in blood sugar.

For Type 1 diabetics, blood sugar levels are especially difficult to regulate, and low blood sugar is a constant concern. Several factors can cause low blood sugar, including taking too much insulin or other diabetes medications, skipping a meal, or exercising harder than usual. According to the Mayo Clinic, signs of low blood sugar can change from person to person, but include:

  • Shakiness
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Hunger
  • Irritability or moodiness
  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Headache

In addition to taking your blood-glucose level into account, the full effect of the workout timing can depend on how the body of each person with diabetes responds, so be sure to pay careful attention to how your body feels while breaking a sweat during different times of the day.