Fitness

Exercise and Diabetes

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                                                  Blog By: Aishwarya Ghumekar

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Diabetes also called as blood sugar is one of the problems with the masses these days.

Physical activity and keeping a healthy weight can help you take care of your diabetes and prevent diabetes problems. Physical activity helps your blood sugar, stay in your target range.

Physical activity also helps the insulin absorb glucose into all your body’s cells, including your muscles, for energy. Muscles use glucose better than fat does. Building and using muscle through physical activity can help prevent high blood glucose. If your body doesn’t make enough insulin, or if the insulin doesn’t work the way it should, the body’s cells don’t use glucose. Your blood glucose levels then get too high, causing diabetes.

Starting a physical activity program can help you lose weight or keep a healthy weight and keep your blood glucose levels on target. Even without reaching a healthy weight, just a 10 or 15 pound weight loss makes a difference in reducing the risk of diabetes problems.

To summarize there are a few ways that exercise lowers blood glucose:

  • Insulin sensitivity is increased, so your cells are better able to use any available insulin to take up glucose during and after activity.
  • When your muscles contract during activity, it stimulates another mechanism that is completely separate of insulin. This mechanism allows your cells to take up glucose and use it for energy whether insulin is available or not.

This is how exercise can help lower blood glucose in the short term. And when you are active on a regular basis, it can also lower your A1C.


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