Healthy Moments Episode

Tips For Teens With Diabetes Be Active

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Sep 26, 2011 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers talks about why it's important for teens with diabetes to be physically active, and shares tips on how to get active.


Being active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for everyone, and it's key if you are a teen with diabetes.

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I'm the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Being physically active is very important for teens with diabetes. It helps you to relax, achieve a healthy weight, manage your blood sugar levels, and gives you more energy.

Talk to your doctor about the kinds of activities that might work best for you. Hiking, biking, or dancing are just a few good options. Aim for at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

And, if you take insulin, make sure your blood sugar doesn't get too low during or after an activity. Always wear a medical ID bracelet, and bring a snack in case you need it.

To learn more, visit our website at NIDDK where you can hear more Healthy Moments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers.

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