Exercise & Diabetes: The Added Benefit of Exercise in People with
All of us are aware that exercise can help prevent the serious
complications that often come with diabetes and heart disease.
Research has shown that regular exercise helps reduce the
likelihood of having a heart attack or a stroke, and moreover it
aids in weight loss, & improving one's mood.
But do you know that exercise can also help you reduce your
blood glucose levels? That's right. In people with type II
diabetes, exercise may improve insulin sensitivity and assist in
lowering elevated blood glucose levels into the normal range.
Here's how. When you exercise, your body uses more oxygen -- as
much as 20 times more -- and even more in the working muscles,
than when you are at rest. So the muscles use more glucose to
meet their increased energy needs.
At the same time, exercise improves the action of insulin in the
peripheral muscles, making it more efficient, so you get more
out of the insulin your body is producing.
In older people with diabetes, the decrease in insulin
sensitivity that comes with aging is also partly due to a lack
of physical activity. So regular exercise benefits you now, and
for years to come.
Sometimes, it may seem easier to pop a pill or even take a shot
than to put on your walking shoes and hit the trail. But the
truth is that exercise, in combination with a healthy diet, is
one of the best things you can do to take care of yourself if
you have diabetes.
Exercise burns calories, which will help you lose weight or
maintain a healthy weight.
Regular exercise can help your body respond to insulin and is
known to be effective in managing blood glucose. Exercise can
lower blood glucose and possibly reduce the amount of medication
you need to treat diabetes, or even eliminate the need for
Exercise can improve your circulation, especially in your arms
and legs, where people with diabetes can have problems.
Exercise can help reduce your cholesterol and high blood
pressure. High cholesterol and high blood pressure can lead to a
heart attack or stroke.
Exercise helps reduce stress, which can raise your glucose level.
In some people, exercise combined with a meal plan, can control
type II Diabetes without the need for medications.
Sources: National Diabetes Data Group.
Diabetes in America, 2nd edition. NIDDK.
Jayachandran.R. Author is a freelance content writer who also
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