Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
April 25, 2006
Exercise and Sports, Hyperglycemia and DKA
Question from Dewitt, Michigan, USA:
Is it appropriate to have a five year old exercise throughout the night to lower her blood sugar level? Her blood sugar has been running between 300 and 460 mg/dl [16.7 and 25.6 mmol/L] this past week.
Exercising with blood sugars above 300 mg/dl [16.7 mmol/L], especially with ketones, is not recommended. It is recommended to bring levels into a range below 250 mg/dl [13.9 mmol/L] or 250 to 300 mg/dl [13.9 to 16.7 mmol/L] without ketones. Having ketones and exercising will only compound the problem. Work with your healthcare team to develop a plan when blood sugars are running high prior to exercise. Drinking water and possibly using insulin to bring blood sugars down is an example of a plan.
[Editor’s comment: Please review our page on Hyperglycemia and Ketone Testing.