Newswise — You have diabetes and want to exercise. It is possible, says Dr. Stephen G. Rosen, Chief of Endocrinology & Metabolism at Pennsylvania Hospital. Diabetes affects 20.8 million people in the, about 7% of the population, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Staying active is a great way to prevent and control diabetes. Dr. Rosen, an expert on metabolic diseases and a Philadelphia physician on the fore of new research and therapies for the treatment and management of diabetes, recommends the following exercise tips for those living with diabetes:

• Wear well-fitted shoes

• Dress in light clothing

• Exercise after meals, if possible, to reduce the risk of hypoglycemia

• Warm-up (including some stretching) prior to exercise

• Remember to drink regularly during exercise

• Take soft candy

• Build exercise tolerance

• Do not perform intense exercise without discussion with your personal physician

“Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle,” says Dr. Rosen. “Following these tips and consulting with your person physician will ensure that you manage your diabetes and remain physically fit and otherwise healthy.”