Get Fit, Don't Quit
Physical activity plays an important role in the prevention and management of diabetes. Physical activity can reduce the glucose in your blood in 2 ways:
First, by enhancing the action of hormones - due to exercise, your muscle cells can easily use available hormones to take up all the glucose from blood.
Second, exercise makes your muscles use glucose. Contraction in your muscles due to exercise enables the cells to take up glucose and use it for energy.
Physical activity not only helps you to keep your blood glucose level in the correct range but also helps in preventing long-term complications, such as heart and kidney diseases and nerve pain.
Other Benefits Of Physical Activities Are:
- Helps control your body weight
Improve your well-being
Helps in building stronger bones and muscles
All forms of exercise whether aerobic (tennis, dancing, jogging/running, walking, basketball, swimming, cycling, jumping rope), yoga or resistance training can help in controlling blood sugar levels. What type of exercise is good for you and for how much time depends on your blood sugar levels, type of diabetes and any associated complications with it. So, it is advisable to consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise.