Reasons why exercise is important for people with diabetes!

Exercise, in combination with a healthy diet will help you to take better care of yourself if you have diabetes. 

By Salome Phelamei | Updated: Nov 19, 2015, 23:33 PM IST

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If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, regular physical activity is key to managing the disease.

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The fact is that exercise, in combination with a healthy diet will help you to take better care of yourself if you have diabetes.

It is recommended to exercise for at least three times a week for about 30 to 45 minutes. This will help control your blood sugar.

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However, one should always consult a doctor before taking up any exercise program. Because your doctor can guide you about the kinds of exercise that are ideal for you depending on your conditions such as - how well your diabetes is controlled and any complications that you may have.

Benefits of exercise for diabetics include-

  • Regular physical activity lowers blood sugar
  • Regular exercise can help increase insulin action and keep blood sugars in check
  • Daily exercise lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Exercise lowers your risk for heart disease and stroke
  • It improves your circulation
  • Regular physical activity helps relieve stress, which can raise your glucose level
  • Regular exercise burns calories which will help you to avoid gaining excess kilos and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Above all, exercise is important for your overall well-being and can help combat many health conditions and diseases.
  • Research has shown that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and even happier life.