Exercise and Diabetes: Prevent, Manage or Reverse the Disease

Exercise is good for everyone. When you get moving on a regular schedule with some sort of exercise program, you not only feel better, you reduce your risk of diabetes. There are many risk factors for “adult onset diabetes,” but the good news is that most of them are linked to lifestyle choices. This means that you have the power to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.

One of the most controllable risk factor is obesity. Deciding to exercise is a lifestyle choice that can reverse the damaging effects of obesity and help to prevent diabetes.

Exercise is a choice we make that can be one of the great equalizers. Routine exercise can restore health to your body and affect the way your body functions. Even for people who already have diabetes, exercise can help manage the disease and may even reverse the condition.

How Exercise Helps Manage, Prevent and Reverse Diabetes

Physical activity is vital at every age. With an increasing number of obese children in our society, we see an increase in diabetes. The lack of exercise is predisposing our children to conditions that were once thought to only occur later in life.
Here are some of the benefits of exercise for your body:

  • Improves cardiovascular health (heart and lungs)
  • Increases endurance
  • Releases endorphins increasing your good mood and mental clarity
  • Reduces your weight
  • Increases flexibility, muscle tone, and muscle agility
  • Increases oxygen consumption
  • Strengthens bones
  • Reduces stress

The body was meant to move, burning sugar for energy. When the body needs energy, it uses sugars from the bloodstream or liver as glycogen for fuel. This process won’t happen when you move from the chair to the couch. You need real, sustained movement to burn sugar.

Excess blood sugar not burned off during exercise can set your body up for a condition called “insulin resistance.” That can lead to diabetes Type 2.

Besides burning sugar while you exercise, keeping your blood sugar levels low, you are helping to reduce yet another risk factor for diabetes: obesity.

Exercise Ideas for Preventing Diabetes

So, are you ready to get started exercising? Let’s list a few exercise programs that will easily have you on your way to better health:

  • Walking
  • Bicycling
  • Jumping rope
  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Interval strength training

The secret to exercise is choosing something that you like to do. If you have lived a sedentary life, begin with about fifteen minutes a day. After a few weeks you can increase to 30 minutes. Before you know it, you will have worked up to between 45 to 60 minutes of exercise at least three days of the week.

When you get the hang of it, you’ll be addicted to the way exercise makes you feel. You’ll feel better, look better, and most importantly, you will be reducing your risk of diabetes Type 2 in the process.



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