Talking to the doctor

Your child with T1DM can do any exercise he prefers (as you find out later in this chapter). As an adult with T1DM, though, you should probably see your doctor before beginning a vigorous exercise program, especially if T1DM has been present ten years or more. You also should schedule a doctor's visit before starting vigorous exercise

^ If you already have a complication of diabetes (like those in Chapter 5) ^ If you're obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more ^ If you have a physical limitation

^ If you already have coronary artery disease or elevated blood pressure ^ If you use medications daily

You may also want to talk to a dietitian about getting good nutrition before and during exercise to avoid hypoglycemia.

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