Jewels Doskicz is a registered nurse, freelance writer, patient advocate, health coach, and long-distance cyclist. Jewels is the moderator of Diabetic Connect’s weekly #DCDE Twitter chat, and she and her daughter both live healthfully with type 1 diabetes.

Don't lose heart. Daily exercise is making a difference in your diabetes risk.

According to Daily Mail, Harvard University research has found that a mere half hour of exercise a day cuts down one's diabetes risk by up to 40 percent. These findings highlight the positive impact exercise can have on preventable health issues.

Why is exercise the magic bullet?

Studies consistently show that exercise increases the body's sensitivity to insulin. Exercise is the great equalizer, even in healthy individuals.

When diabetes is lurking—its time to get moving.

What kind of exercise is best?

According to study results, participants that had two and a half hours of aerobic exercise and one hour of muscle training per week had the most success.

Mixing it up seems to work best. For example:

  • yoga/stretching
  • walking/hiking/running
  • lifting weights
  • biking
  • exercise classes

It's important to find what you enjoy so exercise doesn't feel "like a job" or a drudgery to get through. Exercising outdoors or while listening to music can increase the pleasure while being active.

Reap the results

Use a pedometer or another tracking device to mark your successes. Keep regular doctor visits and measure your milestones through improved blood work, weight, vital signs, and your general sense of well-being.

To learn more on this topic:
Exercise Habits to Ditch
Exercise Tips & Guidelines for Diabetics
How to Start a Diabetes-Friendly Exercise Plan