Marathons are in this time of the year, and we understand if you want to give it a go even
though you have diabetes. While there is no reason why you cannot, there are still some
precautions you need to take along with some added preparations.
Whether you are suffering from type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus, there are ways to
safely go for marathons.
1. Regular runs – Going for regular runs is great for diabetics as it helps lose weight,
improves glucose metabolism and increases insulin response in type 2 diabetics.
Depending on the severity of diabetes, runs can be tailor made after consulting
2. Good fuel – diabetics always have a risk of hypoglycemia while undergoing
strenuous exercise for long. To prevent such complications it is mandatory to
carry energy drinks, glucose bars or other glucose supplements and replenish your
body glucose every 30-40 minutes.
3. Be prepared – while we should always hope for the best, it is certainly a good
practice to prepare for the worst. So it’s a good practice to carry your medical
papers along with the contact details of your go-to person in case of emergencies.
4. Blood tests – it is crucial to know your own body and how it reacts to exercise.
Therefore, regular blood tests are essential throughout your training period.
Knowing your blood sugar levels at different times helps your doctor ascertain
what medications to give you.
5. Patience – it is good to push your limits, but do so with caution. If you are
entering a race for the first time, complete a few short distance runs before trying
a half marathon. Train sufficiently well before you think about a full marathon.
Marathons are extremely demanding even for those who are perfectly healthy, so it will
be a huge challenge for all diabetics. But like everything else, patience, discipline and
proper know how is all it takes to cross that finish line.