Exercise Will Help You Control Type 2 Diabetes
If you stay active on a consistent basis you will be able to better control your diabetes and keep your blood glucose levels in the correct range. Controlling your blood glucose levels is essential to preventing long-term complications, such as nerve pain, and cardiovascular and kidney disease.
When you have Type 2 diabetes you have too much glucose in your blood – either because your body doesn’t produce enough insulin to process it or because your body doesn’t use insulin properly (insulin resistance). In both cases exercise can reduce the glucose in your blood, because muscles can use glucose without insulin while exercising. So, it doesn’t matter if you are insulin resistant or if you don’t have enough insulin. With exercise, you will lower your blood glucose levels. If you are insulin resistant, exercise actually makes your insulin more effective; your cells can use the glucose more effectively.
Exercise also helps those with type 2 diabetes avoid long- term complications. Exercise “side effects” include a decreased chance of heart disease, lowered blood pressure, better weight control, stronger muscles, better body composition, stronger bones, better sleep, more energy, improved mood and many others.
When ready to start an exercise program, check in with your doctor to make sure there are no concerns. Then, find a qualified exercise professional that has worked with diabetic patients. He or she will build a program for you that includes key exercise components of aerobics, strength training and flexibility, and will help with other needs you may have.