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Old 07-23-2009, 05:38 AM   #1
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dizziness while exercising

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I am a 46 year old woman newly diagnosed with pre-diabetes . My fasting blood sugar was 5.8, but I'm sure it would have been higher a few months ago but I just happened to start a diet and exercise program to lose weight at that time. I am about 15 pounds from my goal weight. My father is a severe diabetic since his early 40's.

I am a housewife so I usually exercise by tread mill at night because I am so busy (five kids) and every time either on tread mill or right after, I get really dizzy. I usually don't stop exercising but try to finish my goal for the day. The problem is that I am unsure what time of day is best to exercise and what foods to eat before and after to control the dizziness. I also get really dizzy if I haven't eaten in a long while but it usually gets better about fifteen minutes after I eat. The doctor I went to for the blood test simply told me to come back for a recheck in six months but didn't give me any information on diet or anything. I have been looking things up on the internet but haven't found the info I think I need. Any help from here would be greatly appreciated!

 
Old 07-23-2009, 10:38 PM   #2
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Re: dizziness while exercising

Good! Increasing exercise and loss of body fat may help you stop the progression to diabetes.

But have you mentioned the dizziness during exercise to your doctor?

You may want to add some strength training to build and maintain muscle mass -- increased muscle mass will increase your metabolism and help burn fat even at rest. Pushups, pullups, dips, and other bodyweight exercises can be done at home without requiring a lot of equipment.

As far as what to eat goes, when eating carbohydrate foods, choose lower glycemic higher fiber foods, like vegetables (other than potatoes), whole fruit, and beans, instead of sugar, sweet drinks, and non-whole grain.

 
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Old 07-24-2009, 05:29 AM   #3
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Re: dizziness while exercising

In addition to what has already been said, you should remember to stay hydrated. Drink lots of water because you want to flush out any ketones as you lose weight.

Do you know what your glucose is when you feel dizzy? You should check.

BTW, good job in being proactive and starting to eat right and exercise. Keep up the good work.
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Old 07-25-2009, 06:33 AM   #4
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Re: dizziness while exercising

Thanks for the advice and encouragement! No, I haven't mentioned the dizziness to the doctor yet but I will if it continues. I am also pricing some blood sugar monitors so I can buy one and check my levels before and after I eat and also at the time of exercise.

 
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Thanks for the advice and encouragement! No, I haven't mentioned the dizziness to the doctor yet but I will if it continues. I am also pricing some blood sugar monitors so I can buy one and check my levels before and after I eat and also at the time of exercise.
Check out the different meters. There are often specials where they will give you the meter for free if you buy a vial of strips.
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