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BENEFITS OF EXERCISE IN MANAGING DIABETES

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This is not an opinion, it is fact: No one is too young or too old to exercise.

Exercise, or physical activity, includes anything that gets you moving, such as walking, dancing, or working in the yard. Regular physical activity is important for everyone, but it is especially important for people with diabetes and those at risk for diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association states that when you are active, your cells become more sensitive to insulin so it can work more efficiently. Your cells also remove glucose from the blood using a mechanism totally separate from insulin during exercise.

So, exercising consistently can lower blood glucose and improve your Hemoglobin A1C. When you lower your A1C, you may be able to take fewer diabetes pills or less insulin.

Studies also show that exercise helps the heart by reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition, studies report that even people with heart problems can gain important benefits from exercising, though they need medical clearance and special precautions.

The benefits of exercise include:

  • Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Lowers your risk for heart disease and stroke
  • Burns calories
  • Helps you sleep better
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves your blood circulation
  • Strengthens your muscles and bones
  • Keeps your joints flexible
  • Improves your balance to prevent falls
  • Reduces symptoms of depression

This doesn’t mean you need to run a marathon or get a gym membership. The goal is to get active and stay active by doing simple things you enjoy, from gardening to playing tennis to walking with friends.

There are no excuses. Be active. Be healthy.

SMALL STEPS, BIG CHANGES

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