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Diabetes and Exercise
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Regular exercise is a must for all. An effective exercise program helps in many ways:
  • It helps strengthen the cardiovascular system.
  • Provides the body and muscles a good workout.
  • Enhances the immune system.
  • Facilitates greater weight control.
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  • Good tool for stress management.
  • Is a good way to stay fit.
  • Is a pleasurable activity for many.
  • Improves mental health.
  • Enhances self-esteem/confidence.
  • Improves sleep quality and energy levels.
  • Reduces the risk of stress and depression.
  • Defends against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Protects against heart disease, stroke, cancer and other serious diseases.
Regular and systematic exercise is known to reduce your risk of major prolonged illnesses/diseases by up to 50% and decrease the chances of you dying early by up to 30%.
Diabetes and exercise go hand in hand, at least in relation to managing your diabetes. All effective diabetes management plans feature exercise as an integral component.  Exercise can help you better control blood sugar levels. When one works out, the muscles which are working utilize extra glucose as compared to those that are resting or not being used. Muscle movement leads to higher sugar uptake by muscle cells, which thereby lowers blood sugar levels.
However, diabetes and exercise can pose unique challenges, too. It is important to remember to keep track of blood sugar level before, during and after exercise. Records will indicate your body’s response to the exercise regime, and help you prevent potentially hazardous blood sugar fluctuations. You doctor can help you decide what physical exercise is safe for you, like walking, swimming, playing a sport, the duration of time you need to devote to exercise and the frequency of following this regime. Too much exercise for too long a period can be detrimental and could lead to fatal complications. So keep your health care team in the loop with regards to exercise.
Physical activity works together with healthy eating and diabetes medicines to prevent diabetes problems. Studies show that people with type 2 diabetes who lose weight with physical activity and make healthy changes to their eating plan are less likely to need diabetes and heart medicines.
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