Exercise is important for any person’s well being, regardless of whatever medical condition they may have. For those with diabetes, practicing some sort of physical activity on a regular basis is one of the best things they can do for their health. Why this is can be attributed to a number of reasons, but in today’s article we will highlight just a few of the more significant ones:
- Improved blood glucose control: Exercise helps you manage your sugar levels by taking glucose out of the bloodstream in order to use it for energy, and also makes your body more receptive to insulin.
- Reduce the likelihood of heart disease: As some of our readers may know, those with diabetes are at greater risk for poor cardiovascular health. Exercise improves blood flow and reduces the amount of LDL (bad) cholesterol in the body, making you less likely to develop heart disease and a number of other medical complications.
- Relieve nerve pain: When done properly, certain types of physical activity such as yoga and swimming can help lessen the pain caused by diabetic neuropathy.
- Help control your weight: Obesity is a risk factor for many serious diseases, one of them being diabetes type 2. For those who already have diabetes, it can further exacerbate your symptoms and increase your chances of developing a number of medical complications. Exercise alongside with a proper diet is the best way to make sure you maintain a healthy weight and avoid all these potential health problems.
- Improve your mental health: For a variety of reasons, depression is a common occurrence for those who have diabetes. Exercise acts as a natural antidepressant by releasing neural chemicals known as endorphins which help improve our mood.
This short list highlights just some of the more significant benefits a person can receive by consistently practicing exercise. Keep in mind that those with diabetes need to take a few things under consideration before practicing any sort of physical activity. For this reason, we strongly recommend that they first consult a doctor or specialist before starting a new exercise routine.
Note: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek medical advice for any questions regarding a medical condition or changes in your treatment.