Exercise and the Diabetic

I think it is pretty safe to say that everyone has heard that exercise (in addition to a good diet) is a good way to keep yourself in shape and in better health.  In the newest Diabetes Forecast they have an article discussing the benefits of exercising.  Exercise does the obvious things such as improving blood glucose control and reducing the risk of diabetic complications but it can also combat heart problems, weight gain and depression.  The short-term effects of exercise can be felt from two hours afterward up to three days later and according to some doctors exercising every other day is great, but exercising every day is even better.

In terms of exercising it was found that a mixture of aerobic and resistance training have the greatest improvements in their A1C rates (A1C is an accurate measurement of blood glucose levels in the body for the last two or three months).  However, any sort of exercise helps reduce the A1C value and hence, have better blood glucose levels.  It is also suggested that a diabetic person do 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week in addition to two or three strength training sessions within the week as well.  This is important since people with diabetes are two to four times more likely to die of heart disease than those who are non-diabetic.  These risk factors are due to high levels of blood fat (triglycerides and cholesterol) and high blood pressure present in most diabetics.  And now the kicker (which is probably also valid for non-diabetics) has to deal with weight loss.  To lose weight at least an hour a day of exercise should be done along with a diet to reduce the amount of calories taken in.  A study done found that in person who lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for the entire year of the study were exercising on average seven hours a week.

Obviously, it looks like being a diabetic the idea of exercise shouldn’t be something that is taken lightly.  It is like the rest of what happen, you change your lifestyle in order to take control of it as opposed to letting it control you.

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