Exercise Help For Diabetics

By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-12-24 20:21:16 -0600
Started 2010-10-06 13:37:06 -0500

Sometimes, it may seem easier to pop a pill or even take a shot than to put on your walking shoes and hit the trail. But the truth is that exercise, in combination with a healthy diet, is one of the best things you can do to take care of yourself if you have diabetes.


Regular exercise can help your body respond to insulin and is known to be effective in managing blood glucose. Exercise can lower blood glucose and possibly reduce the amount of medication you need to treat diabetes, or even eliminate the need for medication.

Exercising is both fun, and rewarding … Try it!


10 replies

dubyadd 2011-12-24 20:21:16 -0600 Report

exercise sure sounds almost like a cure alright, but with me, every-time I do even low level , like walking to the mailbox ( about 50 ft.) my lower legs burn so bad, I have to lay back down and take some pain medication. Doctor says that the pain will go away in 3-4 years when all the nerves die and my lower legs will be numb. Some thing to look forward to eh?

Natim 2011-12-13 02:04:22 -0600 Report

You are so right, exercise is a pivotal part of managing your diabetes well.
When I find out about my diabetes type 2 five moths ago I immediately followed the recommended diet and started gym and within a month I was able to cut down on my tab from 2 to 1 a day and my sugar readings have been almost normal since then.
I feel great since I started the exercises and I feel healthier than before and love to stay active now than ever before.

Really … I would encourage every one to "Try it, it works"

GabbyPA 2010-10-06 15:55:57 -0500 Report

This is such an important point to be sure. When I found out my body doesn't require insulin when I exercise to use my glucose...I was stoked. That is the best of it. That is why it helps so much.

alanbossman 2010-10-07 19:29:31 -0500 Report

You are right Gabby my doctor told me when i exercise do not take my insulin on those days no insulin for me HA HA. And it helps more now when my last A1c is 5.2 and my doctor said he may change my meds or lower my meds.

Hops 2010-10-08 08:29:07 -0500 Report

This is information that everyone needs to be aware of. Diet and exercise have been shown to reduce the risk of onset of type 2 diabetes by 50% if a
person reduces carbohydrates in their diet, exercises a minimum of 30 minutes every other day and loses 10% of their body weight. We need to get everyone to return to a healthy environment including diet and exercise.

alanbossman 2010-10-08 09:04:02 -0500 Report

You are right Hops, besides exercise i also eat in portion size meals and eat more things that are better for me. I have kept all my A1c numbers around 5.7,5.4,5.4,5.5,5.4,5.2. by eating healthy Sometimes i do eat somethings i am not suppose to but in small portion size of smaller.

Hops 2010-10-08 10:28:48 -0500 Report

I agree. The most remarkable aspect of managing diabetes is no one element of management is any more crucial than any other element.
Often depression begins when a person does one or two elements especially well while overlooking another crucial element to diabetes management. For example many people complain that their insulin injections make them gain weight and start reducing their insulin which results in higher sugars of which weight loss is a symptom.

alanbossman 2010-10-08 15:51:36 -0500 Report

I totally agree Hops for some people it is tough to manage all the time every thing because of work or home life it can be for some overwhelming job.

CaliKo 2010-10-08 10:39:00 -0500 Report

I know! Diabetes is so complicated with so many faces. That's why I appreciate this site so much, I'm learning so much from everyone here. I thought I was doing so well, but now I realize that I've only just begun the life-long management of this disease, and there is so much more to learn at every stage.

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