Understanding Diabetes: Exercise

By Brooke Cancilliari

After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I wanted nothing more than to go to the gym and lose weight. However, after working out on the cardio machines, I found myself sweating more than usual and wanting to go back to my apartment and pass out in my bed.

That was when I realized that I didn’t want diabetes to overcome my life.

Exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health. If you combine it with a healthy diet and your prescribed medicine, you too, can control your weight and blood sugar levels. Remember to always speak to your doctor before engaging in any physical activity.

Here are some benefits (provided by WebMD):

Exercise helps to improve the use of insulin, burns off excess body fat (remember: decreased body fat means improved insulin sensitivity), improves muscle strength, increases bone strength and density, lowers blood pressure, helps to lower “bad” LDL cholesterol, improves blood circulation, reduces risk of heart disease, increases energy levels and work capacity, and reduces stress.

With aerobic fitness, any activity that raises your heart rate for an extended period of time will decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes and help those with the disease better manage their blood sugar levels.

Remember to not overdo your workout. This can cause your body to produce adrenaline and other hormones that can disrupt insulin’s function and cause your blood sugar to rise. As always, check your blood sugar levels before, during, and after your workout. Also, carry a small carbohydrate-filled snack (like a fruit or fruit drink) just in case.

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