While diabetes can be a serious, life-threatening disease, we've come a long way in understanding how to manage it. Learning how your diet, body weight, medications (if prescribed) and exercise impacts your diabetes can help you live a long and productive life.
If your doctor has prescribed daily exercise as part of your diabetes treatment plan, then you probably understand that physical activity has evolved from a form of recreation to a life-saving measure. But, if you've never exercised before or always found ways to let other things get in the way, it's likely that you'll need help. Well, help is on the way.
Once upon a time, we were all indestructible – or so we thought. Then came middle age and its associated health problems. More than 50 million Americans lead sedentary lives, putting them at risk for common aging diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, obesity, arthritis, osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases, and cancer.
One of the easiest ways to manage blood glucose levels is by adding regular exercise to your daily schedule. Along with diet and medication, exercise is considered an integral part of the treatment triad for type 1 and type 2 diabetics. But are all types of exercise the same?
If you've recently been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you may think there's nothing ahead but bad news. To the contrary, this may be the best news you've ever received – a way to change a number of unhealthy habits and improve your overall health.
One of the easiest ways to manage your type 1 or type 2 diabetes is with daily exercise. Regular aerobic exercise such as walking, jogging, cycling, or swimming can result in both short and long-term reductions in blood glucose levels and can improve your body's sensitivity to insulin. But before you begin, there are a few important things to keep in mind.