Diabetes Exercise Tips
Stay Active with Advice from Our Care Team
The symptoms of diabetes can often be controlled to some extent with regular
exercise. It should be noted that anyone who is taking medication to control
their diabetes should consult with their healthcare provider before starting
any new exercise regimen.
According to “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” (Bull Publishing 2012), exercise is beneficial for people with diabetes in several ways:
- “Mild to moderate aerobic exercise decreases the need for insulin and helps control blood glucose levels by increasing the sensitivity of body cells to insulin and lowering blood glucose levels both during and after exercise,” the authors of the book state.
- Aerobic exercise can also lead to weight loss and reduce cardiovascular risk factors.
- Exercise can help to reduce stress and negative emotions such as depression, anger, or fear. Even a daily walk can aid in stress reduction.
With a healthcare provider’s approval, the Mayo Clinic suggests 150
minutes of moderately intense physical activity per week for someone with
diabetes. Try swimming laps, walking fast, or bicycling with a coach,
friend, or caregiver who will help to motivate and keep the exercise routine
on track. For those taking insulin or other medications that can cause
low blood sugar, be sure to test blood sugar 30 minutes prior to exercising
and every 30 minutes during exercise.
For those who choose not to exercise, consider that inactivity may increase the risks for high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. There is no need to run a marathon or become a weightlifter to be considered active; just tending the garden or taking a walk with a friend can provide many benefits.
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