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Is your activity part of your normal day, or is it something extra? Is it going to last a long time or a few minutes? Is it going to get you really out of breath? You might need to look after your diabetes differently depending on what you're doing.

For activity that you do every day, you probably won't need to do anything special to look after your diabetes, but check with your nurse or dietitian. Here are some examples:


I walk to school every day. It takes me 15 minutes.


I take my dog for a walk every day after school.


I go to the playground with my friends at break time.

For activity that makes you really out of breath or that lasts a long time, you might need to look after your diabetes a bit differently to stop your blood glucose (sugar) going too low or high. You might need to eat an extra snack before, during or after your activity or you might need to change how much insulin you take. Talk to your nurse or dietitian and they’ll tell you what to do.

What does the gang do?

I went to a disco and danced for an hour! I started to feel hypo so I ate some fast-acting food. But if I did it again I'd eat some before I started dancing.

I have a swimming lesson every Tuesday. It's after lunch so I don't have an extra snack but I check my blood glucose (sugar) before and after. I make sure I've got some fast-acting food at the poolside in case I feel hypo.

I did a two-hour sponsored walk for charity. It was in the morning so I took a bit less insulin with my breakfast and took an extra snack with me to eat halfway through. I took some fast-acting food in case I felt hypo. I checked my blood glucose (sugar) before, during and after the walk.


  • Make sure your blood glucose (sugar) levels aren't too high or too low before doing activity.
  • Always have something sugary with you when you are being active.
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