Exercise For Diabetics

The most common types of diabetes are known as Type

1 and Type 2. The Type 1 diabetes, which is also

known as adolescent diabetes, differs from Type 2

in the sense that the body will stop producing

insulin altogether. Type 2 diabetes is normally

diagnosed in older adults and occurs as the body

stops producing enough insulin or the individual

becomes resistant to their own body insulin.

No matter what form of diabetes it is, you’ll lose

your ability to adequately utilize sugar. The

blood sugar levels will increase due to the body’s

difficulty in transporting sugar into the cells

and out of the blood stream. There are several ways

to lower your blood sugar levels, including diet,

exercise, and medication.

As a whole, exercise is a very important part of

diabetic management for both Type 1 and Type 2

diabetics. Those that have Type 1 will find regular

exercise helps to maintain insulin sensitivity,

helps to prevent the accumulation of excess weight,

and also increases the use of glucose by muscles.

Although there is really no way to prevent Type 1

diabetes, it is possible to prevent Type 2 diabetes.

The things to consider when you attempt to prevent

the onset of Type 2 diabetes are regular exercise

supplementation with vitamins and herbs that will

help to prevent insulin resistance and proper

control of weight.

Not only with exercise help directly with diabetic

management by lowering blood sugar levels and

maintaining insulin sensitivity, but it will also

help minimize several of the complications that

can occur in a diabetic individual. Research has

shown that walking 30 minutes each day can

diminish the possibility of developing Type 2


Almost all diabetics tend to develop circulatory

problems and exercise can help lower blood

pressure and improve circulation throughout the

body. Seeing as how people with diabetes tend to

have poor blood flow to their lower areas and

feet, better circulation is a great benefit.

Even though there are risks associated with

exercise, the potential benefits will outweigh

the risks. Exercise does indeed lower blood sugar

levels, so those with diabetes should measure

their blood sugar both before and after they

exercise. Since your body uses more sugar while

you exercise and makes you more sensitive to

insulin, there is a risk of blood sugar becoming

too low and causing hypoglycemia as a result.

Whenever you exercise, it is important to let

others know that you are diabetic. They should

also be informed about what they should do in

case of hypoglycemia. To be on the safe side, you

should always carry candy or fruit juice with you

to treat low blood sugar when it occurs.

During and after you have exercised, you should

pay very close attention about how you feel, since

rapid heart beat, increased sweating, feeling

shaky, or hunger can signal that your blood sugar

levels are getting too low.

With diabetic management and treatment, exercise

is very important. Exercise will help with blood

sugar control when the muscles use more glucose and

the body becomes more sensitive to insulin.

Exercise will also help to prevent and minimize

common diabetic complications which include heart

problems, high blood pressure, and circulatory


If you are a diabetic, exercise should be part of

your daily routine. You should always exercise at

a slow pace and never overdo it. Also, you

should be sure to exercise around people you know

or at a gym, so there will always be people around

you in case something goes wrong. Being a diabetic

doesn’t have to hinder your life or your

performance, as exercise can help you get your life

back on track and heading in the right direction –

the healthy direction.

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