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The Ultimate Diabetes Exercise Quiz
by Staff
All diabetes management programs involve an exercise component. Exercise can help improve your health in terms of weight loss and diabetes care. Individuals with diabetes, however, need to take several important precautions before, during and after exercise. Take this quiz and get on the exercise bandwagon to good health.

What should you do before you begin an exercise program if you have diabetes?

  • Get a full medical exam.
  • Get you blood sugar under control.
  • both of the above

What form of physical activity might be good for you if you have diabetes related foot problems?

  • bicycling
  • swimming
  • weight lifting

When you first start an exercise program you should:

  • only do low-impact activities
  • pace yourself
  • start with cardio rather than weight lifting

What should you do before you start exercising?

  • a low-impact exercise
  • yoga
  • either of the above

If you have diabetes you should:

  • avoid weight training altogether
  • weight train with light weights
  • weight train with medium to heavy weights

What should you drink while exercising if you have diabetes?

  • water
  • a drink with carbohydrates
  • either of the above

What type of clothes should you wear if you are exercising outdoors in the winter?

  • polypropylene and a breathable outer layer
  • warm and waterproof pants and coat
  • either of the above

What should you do to maintain foot health if you are following an exercise program?

  • Check your feet after every exercise program.
  • Moisturize your feet before every exercise program.
  • both of the above

When can your blood glucose levels be affected by exercise?

  • during exercise
  • after exercise
  • both of the above

Why do your blood glucose levels go down during and after exercise?

  • Your muscles use glucose during exercise.
  • Insulin production is increased during exercise.
  • both of the above

What is the best way to avoid low blood glucose levels due to exercise?

  • blood glucose monitoring
  • extra insulin
  • extra diabetes medication

In what circumstance should you check your blood glucose level while exercising?

  • if you are doing a new exercise activity
  • if you have been exercising for more than an hour
  • both of the above

Why do you continue to experience low blood glucose levels up to 24 hours after exercise?

  • Insulin is in overdrive.
  • Glycogen stores need to be replenished.
  • both of the above

People with type 1 diabetes who engage in hard workouts may experience:

  • extremely low glucose levels
  • elevated blood glucose levels
  • kidney failure

When should you do your exercise program if you have diabetes?

  • in the morning
  • in the evening
  • one to three hours after a meal

If you have type 1 diabetes, what pre-exercise blood glucose reading is too low?

  • 90 mg/dL
  • 100 mg/dL
  • 110 mg/dL

What should you bring to the gym to treat low blood glucose levels?

  • a juice box
  • diet soft-drink
  • insulin shots

If you have a fasting glucose above ________ your should not exercise.

  • 250 mg/dL
  • 300 mg/dL
  • 350 mg/dL

Why should you check your urine for ketones before exercising?

  • Exercise increases ketones in your body.
  • Ketones is an indication that your blood glucose is too high.
  • both of the above

Why might you need to change your diabetes management plan when engaging in an exercise program?

  • You may need more insulin throughout the day.
  • You may need less diabetes medication.
  • You may need new medications.