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Why should I exercise if I have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes?

Being active is a big part of living a healthy lifestyle. This is true for people of all ages and especially true for people with or at risk for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Check out the benefits of exercise:

  • Improve blood glucose management
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improve blood fats
  • Take less insulin or diabetes pills
  • Lose weight and keep it off
  • Lower risk for other health problems
  • Gain more energy and sleep better
  • Relieve stress
  • Build stronger bones and muscles
  • Be more flexible

You should exercise if you have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes because exercise helps reduce blood sugar, helps to keep your cardiovascular health stable and reduce weight. From prevention to treatment of type 2 diabetes, exercise, in most cases, is as important as medication.

Exercise helps in the overall treatment plan for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Doctors encourage people to do a minimum of 30 minutes, five days a week walking on a treadmill or walking outside, staying at a pace that they're not losing their breath but they feel like they're getting a workout.

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