As many of our readers are probably already aware, exercise is extremely important for any individual looking to maintain their health. This is even more true for those with diabetes, as physical activity is known to help them lower their blood glucose level and alleviate many of the disease’s symptoms. Although there are numerous types of exercise, the generally tend to fall into two main categories: aerobic and strength training. While only doing one of them is better than not doing anything at all, those with diabetes should strive to incorporate both kinds of physical activity into their workout routines.
This past year researchers analyzed 14 studies, which compared the health of individuals with type 2 diabetes and their exercise regimens. Overall, they found that those who performed both aerobic exercise and strength training were better at controlling their blood glucose, weight, triglycerides level and blood pressure than those who only did one of them. The reason for this may be due to how each type of physical activity differently impacts a person’s blood glucose. Both strength training and aerobic exercise lower blood glucose, but the former does so by utilizing sugar when building muscle mass, and the latter by burning it immediately. Thus, in order for an individual to effectively control their diabetes, they require both types of physical activity.
We encourage you to try implementing both aerobic exercise and strength training as part of your regular workout. However, make sure to first talk to a doctor or specialist before starting or changing your exercise routine. When done properly and in a responsible manner, physical activity can have tremendous benefits for individuals with diabetes.
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.