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5 health benefits of exercise for diabetic patients

  • August 29, 2017
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Regular exercise is extremely vital for people who suffer from diabetes. For those, who have type 2 diabetes, regular exercise and restricted diet are two ways to maintain the right blood sugar levels. People with type 1 diabetes also need insulin to keep their sugar in control. Following reasons will motivate you to exercise regularly for preventing and curing diabetes.

  •  Burning more sugar: Exercise makes the body insulin to work more efficiently by increasing its sensitivity. It also increases the consumption of sugar by muscles. Thus, regular exercise helps to decrease the blood sugar.
  • Improving blood flow to feet: Many diabetic patients suffer from foot problems due to poor blood flow. Exercise increases the blood flow to feet and helps prevent foot problems.
  • Lowering of blood pressure: Exercise lowers blood pressure which is an important benefit for diabetics because blood pressure contributes significantly to heart attack, stroke, eye problems and diabetic complications.
  • Prevents long term complications: Exercise lowers the chances of diabetic patients to suffer from long term complications of diabetes like atherosclerosis. It does so by lowering cholesterol levels.
  •  Improves balance: Exercise improves balance which is vital for diabetic patients since falls lead to injuries and wounds and the healing of wounds occurs very slowly in such patients.

In addition exercise also helps to prevent or reduce obesity which has been strongly associated with diabetes. The best exercises are walking, jogging, running, swimming and biking. Try to include 30 minutes of exercise into your daily routine.

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Disclaimer: Don’t follow any suggestions in this article without consulting a qualified doctor

Sources: 1. “Type 2 Diabetes and Exercise”. https://www.endocrineweb.com/conditions/type-2-diabetes/type-2-diabetes-exercise. 2. “Physical Activity/Exercise and Diabetes.” http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/27/suppl_1/s58.