Monitoring your blood glucose levels while you are active can be challenging, but it is doable. How often you may need to monitor varies with the activity. Since you did not mention what type of physical activity you are finding challenging, I will just make some general recommendations. I would suggest that you wear a small fanny pack/waist pouch into which you can place your meter, some extra strips, some glucose tablets (or other rapid-acting carbohydrate) to treat hypoglycemia, and a more substantial snack (like a Power bar or cheese crackers) to eat if necessary.
Once you have been doing an activity for a while, you can usually get by with checking less often--such as before and after and not necessarily during exercise--since you will have some practice with making adjustments in your food and insulin (assuming you take that) before, during, and after exercise.
I agree with the other expert that it is also important to let others know that you have diabetes and how they may be able to tell if your blood glucose is getting too low and how to help you treat it. Also carry a cell phone with you whenever you exercise in case you need to call for backup.
Most importantly, keep exercising for better health and enjoy it!
Thank you for bringing your concern to dLife. Yes, Diabetics do need to be prepared for changes in their glucose levels especially when exercising or being very active. You should have you glucometer, strips and lancets. You should have a source of fast acting carbohydrates. You should have water. And you should wear a medic alert bracelet or necklace. You should tell your exercise buddy what to do if you show signs and symptoms of low glucose levels. I know this sounds like a lot of things to take with you and a lot of preparation but-safety first!
I suggest you visit the dLife Forums to ask peers how they handle taking their testing supplies with them while exercising. They may have some good tips. Go to Forums.
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