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Fighting Diabetes With Exercise

One of the conditions that older adults are more susceptible to is diabetes. It can also be a result of obesity, which leads to many other disease processes. If you have diabetes or are on track to become diabetic, here is some information on how exercise for diabetes can help improve your life.

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What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a metabolic condition where your body doesn’t produce enough insulin or doesn’t react to it as it should. Foods that we eat are turned into sugars called glucose and used as energy or stored as fat until it is needed. The cells of the pancreas produce insulin which helps glucose to travel to the cells where it is used for energy.

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When there is not enough insulin to do the job, the glucose stays in the bloodstream, raising the level of blood sugar. High levels of blood sugar can lead to damage in the organs and other systems of the body. Diabetics are known to have nerve damage, poor healing capabilities after sustaining wounds, renal damage and heart disease. There are two types of diabetes, 1 and 2, the most common of which is Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes in the body can set off a cascade of other problems. Seniors with diabetes are often dependent on insulin or, if not, they are taking pills for other conditions that have led to diabetes or have been caused by the diabetic condition. But, diabetes doesn’t have to lead to critical illnesses.

How Exercise Can Help Diabetes

Exercise can help. Even if you already have diabetes, you can still exercise and improve your overall fitness and health. You may even discover that your diabetes improves to the point where you are no longer dependent on medication.

Exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight. People who are obese are at greater risk of developing higher blood sugar levels and diabetes. Combining exercise with a sensible diet will help your blood sugar remain constant and not spike signaling increased insulin production.

Exercise also lowers other elevated levels such as cholesterol and blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to the heart pumping harder to move the blood through the body. If you have formed cholesterol plaques, this puts you at higher risk for stroke and heart attack.

Always consult your doctor before beginning any sort of fitness program. They will advise you on what exercises are safe and how long you can work out. Until your blood sugar comes back in line with proper fitness, be aware of times that it is low. Always carry a high carbohydrate snack such as juice or candy with you when you workout so you can remedy hypoglycemic episodes.

You don’t have to give up on getting healthy because you are diabetic. Exercise increases your overall health and can improve your diabetes.



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27 Comments

  1. I agree that the right diet and exercise help prevent Diabetes. We should urge those people who are more likely to have diabetes to practice this. It is a must!

  2. Being a diabetic I do brisk walking everyday to keep myself fit. Reading your post was a good reminder for me to keep going.

  3. I can see how exercise can help with diabetes! Its important to keep your body moving!

  4. I love this! Exercise is so important for all of our health!

  5. Great post. I absolutely agree. Exercise is good for us no matter if you have diabetes or don’t.

  6. Exercise is diabetes worst enemy. It really gives your body the edge over the crippling disease.

  7. This is exactly what my mom does to fight her diabetes

  8. I definitely agree that exercise helps. I find long walks especially helpful.

  9. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says:

    I am diabetic and my doctor recommends walking and other low impact exercises like swimming. It does help lower my blood sugar levels. Although it is not yet within “acceptable” range, I am still working on it and avoiding food that would raise my blood sugar levels to the roof.

  10. Hhhaaaaaa…I guess I can call myself lucky for starting early on them because I happen to be directly in line for Diabetes 2. Exercises now make up the beginning of my day.

  11. My father is fighting with Diabetes from ten years now. I have seen him fighting for what it takes

  12. This is such good info! I had gestational when pregnant and I know this might be in my future again!

  13. My family has a history with diabetes. I definitely need to protect myself by exercising regularly.

  14. Exercise is such an important part of fighting diabetes. People always think of avoiding sugar, and that’s a big part of it, but they forget about all the benefits that exercise can bring to anyone, especially someone with diabetes.

  15. I have diabetes and I know what is like. I used to go to the gym. Now I don’t have time. I’d like to do long walks I like to do some exercise videos at home and I also do intermittent fasting

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