How does exercise help treat diabetes?

William Lee Dubois
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Exercise generally lowers blood sugar, sometimes for hours, unless you’re doing some sort of crazy adrenaline-driven power exercise. The perfect exercise is one which is integrated into your day rather than a planned workout. Throw away your forged Handicapped placard and park way
the hell out by the street when you go to Wal-Mart. Use the stairs, not the elevators. Take a short walk at lunch every day.
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According to the Journal of American Medical Association, a study undertaken on a large group of women with diabetes founds that “a single bout of physical activity increases insulin-mediated glucose uptake [by the body’s cells] for more than 24 hours.”

Hence, the report concludes that “both walking and vigorous activity are associated with substantial reductions in risk of type 2 diabetes in women.” The researchers recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most if not all days of the week.

This can include something as simple as walking, which, says the American Diabetes Association Complete Guide to Diabetes, “is probably the best, safest, and least expensive form of exercise.”

However, exercise by people with diabetes should be professionally supervised.  A regsitered clinical exercise physiologist can assist you with this.

One reason is that diabetes can damage the vascular system and nerves, thus affecting blood circulation and feeling. Hence, a simple scratch on the foot may go unnoticed, get infected, and turn into an ulcer—a serious condition that may lead to amputation if not treated immediately.

Other benefits include:

1.  A reduction in body fat.
2.  Regular exercise decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease

There are several ways that exercise plans help to treat diabetes. They include:
• maintaining muscle tone and physical fitness
• lowering blood glucose levels
• lowering blood lipid levels
• increasing sensitivity to medications
• aid meal planning in managing weight

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.