Exercise and Diabetes

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Losing weight is a great reason to exercise but did you know it can also help to prevent or manage type 2 diabetes ?

When you think about the reason why people exercise, weight loss is probably the first thing that comes to mind. But there are many other valuable benefits. A lowered risk for type 2 diabetes can be one the greatest rewards of physical activity.
But what if you are already diagnosed with diabetes?
Well did you know that exercise is one of the best ways to lower high blood sugar. This can reduce your dependence on drugs, and prevent further complications.

That is why diabetics should no longer view exercise as optional, but rather as part of the treatment. Are you keen to learn the ways exercise can be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes then keep on reading

The Key is in Lowering your Blood Sugar

The big problem with diabetes is that there is too much glucose in the blood. This is referred to as high blood sugar. This makes the blood to thick and it reduces the blood flow. Think of it as making a glass of lemonade and adding way too much syrup.   
The main problem with diabetes is that either the body isn’t producing enough insulin to process the glucose, or the body is insulin resistant and isn’t using the hormone properly. In either case, exercise is one of the best ways to lower the amount of extra glucose in the blood.

This is what happens when you exercise: Your muscles will absorb glucose from the blood for energy with or without the help of insulin thereby dropping the blood sugar levels. Not only that, exercise also improves the way your body responds to insulin, so your cells are able to process glucose more effectively.
And the good news doesn’t stop there, Once you finish your exercise, your blood sugar levels may remain lowered for up to one or two days. That is why exercise on a regular basis and you can lower your A1C test results. A test to indicate how well you’re managing your diabetes

Other Benefits

Diabetics put themselves at risk for many health complications. Because the blood becomes thicker and blood flow is reduced the chance of having a heart attack or stroke is increased as well. Luckily there is something we can do to increase the health of our heart. You guessed it; exercise Fortunately, exercise is well known for its heart health benefits.
Not only that, exercise also helps controlling your blood pressure, reduce high cholesterol and just help to make you feel like an amazing human being.

Don’t Forget to Monitor

Exercise can affect each individual differently, that is why during the first few workout sessions, it’s important to check their blood sugar levels before, during, and after exercise to monitor its effect.

Keep a lookout for extreme highs or lows. If your readings come drop below 100 mg/dL, stop exercising, eat 15 to 20 grams of carbs, and recheck your numbers after 15 minutes.
 If your blood sugar is above 100 mg/dL eat another 15 to 20 grams of carbs before resuming your workout.
If you take insulin, skip meals, engage in strenuous activity, or exercise for a long period of time you are more likely to have low numbers

What Type of Exercise is Best?

Cardio exercise like the bike or cross-trainer will increase the health of your heart and arteries. Strength training will have more benefits for insulin control and managing sugar levels. That is why a good workout routine involves both. Make it your goal to get 30 minutes of exercise five days a week. You may need to work your way up to this much activity if you are new to exercise. Start out slowly and gradually increase the length and intensity of your workouts.

The trainers at MarionPT can help to develop an exercise program that meets your fitness level and takes your health concerns into consideration.

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