For people who have diabetes, pool exercises, such as water aerobics and pool walking, are great low-intensity cardio workouts that burn calories and improve flexibility. They're even safe for people who have diabetic neuropathy, which often causes weakness, numbness, tingling, and pain in the hands and feet. For people with loss of feeling in their feet, pool exercises are a lot kinder and gentler on the feet.
Living with Diabetes
Weight lifting isn't just for bodybuilders. It's a critical exercise for people with diabetes. Resistance training, or strength training, lowers your blood glucose level by giving your muscles more room to store extra carbs as glycogen for energy. Resistance training also boosts metabolism so you burn more calories. Start with resistance bands or small hand weights two to three times a week for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Increase the weight or resistance as you get stronger.
1 AnswerMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredThe American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends strength-training exercise for people with type 2 diabetes. This type of training builds muscle and improves muscle strength. Muscles utilize sugar and energy better and burn more fat than other tissues in the body. And the higher proportion of muscle you have in your body, the more efficiently you will metabolize your food. It's best to begin with a moderate schedule: one set of 10-15 repetitions with weights (or body weight) up to three times a week. As you begin to strengthen and develop healthy stamina, you can move on up to three sets of 10-15 repetitions with weights (or body weight) up to three times a week. As with any type of exercise, a light warm-up is recommended prior to your strength-training workout. Take time to cool down afterward. If you are doing a combination of strength training, stretching, and cardiovascular exercise, it is always recommended that you begin with cardiovascular, then stretching, and follow with weight training.
Regular physical activity -- at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week -- can help prevent or control type 2 diabetes and delay its complications. How? Research shows that both aerobic exercise (activities that increase your heart rate and breathing) and resistance exercise (training that builds strength and balance) help your body decrease insulin resistance and burn extra glucose, which helps lower blood sugar levels.
1 AnswerSome people with diabetes can fast safely, especially if their blood glucose is controlled strictly through diet and they haven't reached the point where they are taking medicine to control their symptoms. In fact, there have been some research studies which have shown that a very low calorie diet, undertaken short term, proved helpful for some overweight people with type 2 diabetes. However, people with diabetes should always consult with their doctor before undergoing a fast of any duration.
1 AnswerThere are lots of reasons why you should try to fit exercise into your daily routine. Moderate exercise usually helps lower blood glucose levels, but more importantly, it increases how well your insulin works, so you need less to get the job done.
What’s more, regular physical activity is not only beneficial physically, but also mentally. It helps lower anxiety and depression and helps you keep a more positive outlook on life.
Exercise is also a "fountain of youth" that can help you live longer and have a higher quality of life while you are alive. Really, there is no point in living a long time if you can't be healthy while you are alive.
1 AnswerChoosing high quality carbs can be challenging, due to the fiber limitations with IBS. Try using cooked vegetables, and start eating small portions along with your meals and snacks. Carbs should be distributed throughout the day, so that you can best manage your blood sugars. Both IBS and diabetes can cause abdominal discomfort and bloating, so be careful to avoid sugar alcohols (such as sorbitol) if you are experiencing gas or diarrhea. Working with a nutrition professional can help you design a meal plan that will address your medical and nutritional issues.
2 AnswersFasting on vegetable and fruit juices for two weeks may not be safe and effective for anyone, but especially for people with diabetes. It’s likely that many important nutrients would be missing from the fast. These juices do contain carbohydrates and can still increase blood glucose (sugar) levels.
The goal is for people to lose weight and keep it off. Fasting doesn't teach you how to eat healthfully and better manage your diabetes. Talk with a registered dietitian about establishing a personalized meal and activity plan. He or she can help you incorporate your preferences and lifestyle into the plan.
1 AnswerAlthough a juice fast can result in weight loss, it is not a safe method for weight control. Juice lacks many important nutrients to maintain good health, and it also increases blood glucose (sugar) levels.
Talk with a registered dietitian about establishing a personalized meal and exercise plan for blood glucose and weight control. Weight loss can be accomplished healthfully!
1 AnswerLaura Fine, Ophthalmology, answeredIf you have diabetes, here are guidelines for how often you should see your eye doctor:
- Type 1 diabetes diagnosed before age 30: Five years after diagnosis; at least annually thereafter
- Type 1 diabetes diagnosed at age 30 or older: At time of diagnosis and at least annually thereafter
- Type 2 diabetes: At time of diagnosis and at least annually thereafter