Diabetes and Exercise: What You Should Know

Two of the most common types of diabetes are called Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes is also called adolescent diabetes, and differs from Type 2 in that the body stops producing insulin altogether. Type 2 diabetes is generally diagnosed in older individuals and occurs as their body stops producing an adequate amount insulin or the person becomes resistant to their own insulin.

With either form of diabetes, patients lose the ability to properly utilize glucose. Blood sugar levels of those with diabetes tend to increase because of the body’s difficulty in moving sugar into the cells in the body and out of the blood stream. There are various ways to reduce blood sugar levels including exercise, diet, and medication.

Physical activity, such as exercise is an extremely important component of diabetes management for Type I & Type II diabetics. For the Type 1 diabetic, regular exercise helps to maintain insulin sensitivity, helps prevent accumulation of excess weight, and increases the use of glucose by muscles, thereby lowering blood sugar levels in the body. While there is presently no way to stop the onset of Type 1 diabetes, it may be possible to prevent the onset Type II diabetes.

Things to look at when attempting to stop the onset of Type two diabetes are regular exercise, augmented with vitamins and herbs that help delay insulin resistance, along proper weight control items that help prevent insulin resistance such as particular herbs and vitamins, all used with proper weight maintenance.

A well-rounded regimen of exercise can have a greatly positive effect on diabetes management by lowering blood sugar levels and maintaining insulin sensitivity, but also helps minimize many of the complications that can arise in a diabetic individual. Studies show that jogging for a half hour daily may possibly substantially diminish the possibility of developing Type Two diabetes.

Diabetics may be more likely to develop circulatory issues and exercise can certainly help decrease BP while improving circulation as well throughout the body. Because people with type 1 or 2 diabetes tend to have poor blood flow to their lower extremities and feet, better circulation can be of great benefit.

There are some problems associated with exercise. Sometimes exercise can pose a risk to those with diabetes, but the likely benefits greatly outweigh the risks. Since exercise tends to lower blood sugar levels, people with diabetes should measure their blood sugar both before and after exercising. Since your body uses more sugar while exercising and makes you more sensitive to insulin, there is a risk of blood sugar becoming too low and causing hypoglycemia. When exercising, it is important to let others know that you are diabetic. They should be informed what to do in case of low blood sugar. You should always carry candy or fruit juice to treat low blood sugar levels should they occur. Even after you are done exercising you should pay close attention to how you feel since rapid heart beat, increased sweating, feeling shaky, or hunger can be a sign that your blood sugar levels are becoming too low.

Exercise is a critical part of diabetes management and/or treatment. Exercise can help blood sugar control when the muscles use more glucose and the body becomes more sensitive to insulin. Exercise may also help to prevent and minimize common diabetic complications including heart problems, high BP and circulatory issues.

Remember, all diabetics should include a regular exercise program as part of their overall management program.