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Fri Jul 06 08:06:12 EDT 2012

is it ok to exercise before breakfast? Should I drink some juice or eat something small beforehand?
Asked By: jess59  
Category: Exercise

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trying to lose weight.
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n/a
Expert Answers (1)
2012-07-07 19:01:31.0

Dear Jess59,

It's okay to exercise any time of day that works for you. With diabetes, though, you're frequently more aware of its impact on your blood glucose than you would be otherwise. For pre-breakfast exercise in particular, it is helpful to eat something small before you start being active to "break" your overnight fast because if you don't, it's very common for your blood glucose to rise during the activity instead of fall. By eating first, you will stimulate your pancreas to release some insulin. The insulin will then counter the effects of the hormones released overnight that keep your blood glucose from dropping, but that also make you insulin resistant. It doesn't need to be much food, but it should prevent the increase in blood glucose that early morning exercise often causes.
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Community Answers (2)
2013-07-23 14:10:50.0

I often do resistance before breakfast and find that a banana does the trick nicely.
Answered By: theateam

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2012-07-13 19:03:55.0

I have experienced the rise in Blood Sugar Sheri Colberg-Ochs is talking about. I ride my bike about 3.5 miles to work every morning, and I used to see that rise in my BG. I find eating a teaspoon or so of natural peanut butter gives me enough energy to ride and to keep my BG down. Hope this helps! (Type 2, 2 years, maintained with exercise and diet)
Answered By: spinynorman

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