If you have diabetes, exercise is one of the most powerful tools that can help you regulate blood sugar and increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin.
Many studies have documented that exercise is a strong ally in treating diabetes. Here are a few examples:
- All forms of exercise — aerobic, resistance, and a combination of both — have been shown to be equally good at lowering HbA1c values.
- Resistance training and aerobic exercise both helped to lower insulin resistance in previously sedentary older adults at risk for diabetes. Combining the two was better than either one alone.
- People with diabetes who walked at least two hours a week were less likely to die of heart disease than their sedentary counterparts, and those who exercised three to four hours a week cut their risk even more.
- Women with diabetes who spent at least four hours a week doing moderate or vigorous exercise had a 40% lower risk of developing heart disease than those who didn’t exercise.
Many people already have a form of aerobic activity that they enjoy, such as walking, swimming and cycling. It can be more difficult to know how to begin a resistance training program. With any new exercise program, it is important to ensure the parameters are set at levels tailored to the individual in order to be safe and effective.
Regular daily physical activity is important for all people. The World Health Organization now recommends a minimum of 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity activity for all adults, regardless of age or state of health. The health benefits of physical activity are numerous and varied. Those getting enough exercise can expect a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, lower blood pressure, improved cholesterol levels, stronger muscles and bones, and reduced anxiety.
Your program should include education regarding exercise intensity and safety precautions. Your physiotherapist is perfectly positioned to help you establish and maintain a program of aerobic and resistance exercise.
Ask your GP if you are eligible for a referral under the EPC program to help you manage your diabetes.
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