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Benefits of Living a Fit Life as a Diabetic By: Jackie Clark

Diabetes is an illness that millions of people are living with. Studies have shown that approximately 8.3 percent of Americans are living with diabetes. This disease can have devastating consequences, but the key to controlling it is early diagnosis and treatment. One of the most important things that diabetics can do to improve their prognosis is exercise on a regular basis.

Exercise helps control blood sugar

High blood sugar is the primary symptom of diabetes. One of the reasons that a person’s blood sugar stays high is because his or her body cannot respond to insulin. Exercise helps decrease a person’s blood sugar level by increasing insulin sensitivity.

Exercise helps promote a healthy body weight

Type 2 diabetes is strongly correlated with being overweight. Researchers have found that losing as little as ten to fifteen pounds can have numerous health benefits. Exercise can help promote weight loss safely and naturally.

Exercise helps prevent diabetic-related complications

Most people with diabetes die as a result of complications from it. Exercise helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol, which helps reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Approximately 65 percent of diabetics have heart disease. Additionally, since exercise helps control blood sugar, it can reduce the risk of developing diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy occurs as the result of nerve damage and is the reason that so many diabetics end up losing limbs.

How much exercise is needed?

Experts recommend getting at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. Exercising 5 days a week for 30 minutes will help people meet that requirement. Brisk walking and swimming are excellent aerobic exercises for diabetics. It is also important to make sure that one performs resistance exercises at least two days out of the week.

How to safely exercise as a diabetic

Fitness is important, but safety is something that has to be emphasized. All people with diabetes should consult with their doctors before starting an exercise program. Additionally, people should check their blood sugar before, during and after exercising. Exercise should be avoided during the times that the blood sugar is too high or too low.

Diabetes is a complicated condition, but exercising can help make it easier for people to manage.

By Jackie Clark