With Type 2 Diabetes, physical exercise is recommended regularly and it should be an integral part of one’s management plan.
Staying active will help in controlling diabetes as it will keep the blood glucose levels in a healthy range and prevent long-term complications.
According to research, 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week can result in significant health benefits, including lower blood sugar levels. This can be achieved by exercising for 30 minutes every day. The bar doesn’t have to be set high. Simple activities can be carried out daily such as, walking, biking or swimming.
The multiple benefits of regular exercise for Type 2 Diabetes are:
- Decrease in A1C by 0.7%
- 5mmol average reduction in blood glucose
- Lower blood pressure
- Weight loss
- Leaner and stronger muscle
- Better sleep
- Higher energy levels
Once some aerobic activity is added to the daily routine, one should then consider adding strength training in their regimen. Muscles are the biggest consumers of glucose. Hence, stronger muscles will equate to better control over blood glucose levels.
Muscles use sugar (glucose) for energy during exercise, therefore regular exercise will help use insulin more effectively. This in turn lowers blood sugar levels in the body.
To include exercise in the daily routine, one must start gradually and make working out a priority in order to reap the many benefits. Before starting a new exercise, healthcare professionals should be consulted.