Exercise And Diabetes

Exercise and Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes Exercise, and Importance of Diabetes Exercise Diet, Weight Managment, and Healthy Living

About Exercise And Diabetes

Whenever I complete a medical history form for the doctor, I always include Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. These two conditions plague my family tree. As such it is very important to me that I take preventive measures so that I don't end up with Diabetes, myself. Two of those preventive measures are proper diet and exercise.

Regular physical activity helps all of us in so many ways. Exercise helps us:
  1. Reduce stress
  2. release anxiety
  3. improve strength
  4. lower blood pressure
  5. improve the body's use of insulin
  6. improves bad cholesterol
  7. promotes self esteem
  8. encourages positive emotions
  9. improves flexibility
  10. improves posture, etc...
So you can image how regular exercise can really be beneficial for people with diabetes. To help regulate blood sugar levels, most doctors recommend proper diet and nutrition as well as exercise. For example, the exercise may be a form of cardio such as jogging, or if you have problems with your feet, swimming. But it's important that the exercise you choose, be right for your height, weight, and current health condition.

That is why it is very important to share your health and fitness goals with your physician. Eating right is the other component. Eating low glycemic index foods can help you regulate blood sugar, burn fat, and improve your overall health.

Diabetes complicants can occur when glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells.

About Type 1 Diabetes

"Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that causes the body's immune system to mistakenly attack the body's insulin-producing cells." (www.businessweek.com). Previously known as juvenile diabetes, Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. With type 1 diabetes, the body produces little or in some case no insulin at all.

"The mortality rate in women with type 1 diabetes remained significantly higher, however, at 13 times the rate expected in women in the general population. "

Some things you can do to manage type 1 diabetes are very similar to those you would do with other health conditions:
  1. don't smoke
  2. lose weight
  3. become physically active
  4. keep your blood glucose under control

Type 2 Diabetes Exercise

Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form. As a matter of fact, the people I know personally who have diabetes all have type 2 diabetes. When you're a type 2 diabetic, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. This condition can be very scary for the person who has the condition and for the friends and family as well. I know when my aunt was hospitalized, it really scared us all because we didn't know what to expect, but thank God she is okay. Diabetes is nothing to play with. You really have to stay on top of your diet and exercise.

Aerobic exercise helps decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes and helps those with diabetes to better manage their blood sugar levels. When my sons dad was diagnosed, his doctor told him that walking would be a great exercise for him to start since he had never really been physically active. So every evening he made it a point to get out and walk for at least 30 minutes. According to a recent article I just read, strength training is also another very effective physical activity for regulating diabetes. "The latest findings show that exercise such as strength training has a profound impact on helping people manage their diabetes." (diabetes.webmd.com)

Diabetes Diet and Exercise Resources

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Managing Diabetes

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