How Exercise Affects Diabetes! Alot of diabetics are either thinking about exercising or want to know how it helps a diabetic. I just read this in dlife and thought the info might be of some help:) What do you think about it?

red flower lady
By red flower lady Latest Reply 2012-06-12 00:35:36 -0500
Started 2012-06-10 22:49:48 -0500

Regular Physical Activity

Exercise helps control blood sugar levels, increases energy levels, improves heart health, and promotes emotional well-being. Barring other medical complications, the majority of people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes can participate in, and benefit from, at least 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. Always consult your healthcare team before starting a new exercise program.

Type 1 Diabetes

Exercise has many positive health benefits, including short-term blood glucose control, and is recommended for most people with type 1 diabetes.

Because exercise typically has a blood glucose lowering effect, people with type 1 diabetes need to pay particular attention to their blood glucose levels before, during, and after exercise. They should also take certain measures to prevent blood sugar emergencies.

It’s important to note that although exercise generally has a blood glucose lowering effect, for some people with type 1 diabetes an intensive workout can actually cause hyperglycemia, or high blood sugars, particularly if blood glucose levels were high prior to the workout. Monitoring blood glucose levels before and after working out and logging your glycemic response to different physical activities are important tools for safe exercise with type 1 diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes

Leading a sedentary (or inactive) lifestyle is one of the major risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes, and the high incidence of obesity and overweight among people with type 2 is also highly correlated with inactivity. Starting a workout program can lower body mass and consequently decrease the insulin resistance of type 2 diabetes; studies have shown that people with type 2 diabetes who exercise regularly have better A1c profiles than those who don’t. Along with medical nutrition therapy, exercise is one of the first lines of defense in type 2 diabetes control.

In addition, exercise is a key tool in preventing one of the leading complications of type 2 diabetes—cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown that regular activity lowers triglyceride levels and blood pressure.1


1 American Diabetes Association. “Physical Activity/Exercise and Diabetes: Clinical Practice Guidelines.” Diabetes Care. 27: 58S-62S.

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Controlled 2012-06-11 18:27:37 -0500 Report

I absolutely do not like to exercise. I attend yoga classes twice a week, golf on weekends and ride a recumbent bike on the days in between. It has helped me a lot; particularly with neuropathy. I started by only walking very short distances, which was as far as I could go when I was first diagnosed. Short distances lead to longer walks and then to the yoga classes. All in all, yoga has helped me the most. Also, when people age, they injure themselves merely due to lack of balance (and hurt themselves falling). I'm not that age yet, but I was shaky when first diagnosed with D and neuropathy. I also couldn't walk for two years prior to that due to an injury.

I do understand, exercise may not be fun. I try to encourage everyone to make even modest efforts. It has helped me a lot and forget about being an athlete. Just start with a slow, comfortable walk. It helped a lot with BG also, for obvious reasons.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-12 00:02:52 -0500 Report

Great reply!!! My 17yr old wants me to try and do yoga with her, but she knows it won't be much due to a back injury. I'll try it, she and my 26 yr old son are starting kick boxing and when she looked at me I broke out laughing and told her don't even say it. I have a permanent handicap sticker due to several reasons and explained if I could kickbox, why would I need the sticker? Bless her heart, she forgets about my limitations as I try not to dwell on them. But, yes exercise is important regardless of diabetes, but when you have it there is the added need to fit it in.

Controlled 2012-06-12 00:24:06 -0500 Report

A competent yoga instructor will modify positions for you and tell you NOT to do anything that hurts you (or you believe will hurt you). It takes time, many of the poses are very subtle. In time you find that you have more flexibility than you did. Let me know how it goes (and leave the kickboxing to your kids!)

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-12 00:35:36 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for the info about the yoga, I was affraid to even try it and then thought what the heck, I'm sure I can do something. No kickboxing for me, my first try would kill me, that I know:( I'll definately let you know about the yoga.

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