Diabetes and Exercise

With 2014 right around the corner, New Year’s resolutions are on everyone’s mind. Eating well, reading more, and meeting new people are all great goals for this upcoming year. However for those you out there who are working hard to fight diabetes, I have an important one to add to your list: exercise.

Benefits of Exercise

Regular exercise is an effective way to prevent complications of diabetes. Exercising is one of the best habits a diabetic can get in to. People with diabetes have a higher risk of heart attack, but a good exercise routine can effectively reduce the occurrence of these issues.

Exercise is also fantastic for lowering blood glucose levels. In order to produce the energy required for carrying out various metabolic activities, active muscles cells use up much more oxygen and sugar than resting cells. This causes each cell to look to the blood stream for more materials which in turn reduces your blood glucose level.

Types of Exercise

There two different types of exercise – aerobic and anaerobic.

Aerobic exercise is a long activity that increases heart rate and blood flow. Here are some examples of aerobic exercise:

  • Brisk Walking
  • Swimming
  • Jogging
  • Cycling
  • Dancing

Anaerobic exercise is an activity that requires short, large bursts of strength. Here are a few examples of anaerobic exercises:

  • Weight lifting
  • Sprinting
  • Sports like baseball or football

Diabetes can cause your nerves to weaken, so it is recommended to avoid extra stress on your feet. This means that jogging and sprinting are not the best exercise options if you suffer from this nerve condition. Swimming and cycling are probably the safest types of exercise for people with diabetes.

If you are not in the best shape as of now, starting with light aerobic exercises is probably the best option. Jumping right in to an intense work out regiment can cause serious, and sometimes permanent, injury.

The effect of exercise on sugar levels

While you begin to exercise, it is very important to keep in mind that your blood glucose levels will drop very low. Extend Nutrition ShakeThis may result in hypoglycemia, so it is essential that you have some kind of sugary food or drink with you while you exercise. Chocolate and apple juice are both great examples of things to bring with you while you exercise. Also, DiabeticCare has a variety of nutritional supplements you can take with you like glucose tablets and shakes.

Hopefully, I’ve convinced you to add exercise to your resolution for the new year. Now, let’s take an action and get some exercise. Don’t forget to share this any friends or family that could benefit from this information!

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 1-16-2013, 2:00 PM

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