My husband is type 2 and is on insulin. According to his primary care provider, exercise will not help him. He is not overweight at all. However, I feel exercise would help. Am I wrong?

Amy Campbell


Physical activity is considered to be a cornerstone of management for everyone who has diabetes. The benefits of physical activity for diabetes are numerous and include blood glucose control, a reduced risk for complications (such as heart disease), improvements in blood pressure and blood lipids, weight management, and improving mood and quality of life. Many people find that regular physical activity helps them sleep better and also helps with managing stress and depression. I’d suggest that your husband clarify with his physician what was meant by exercise “not helping” him. Maybe his doctor was saying that your husband would not be able to control his diabetes solely by increasing physical activity.

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Silvermagic 2016-03-03 18:06:16 -0600 Report

What if you can't exercise due to other medical problems? I have chronic brucellosis and going over my safe activity allowance causes major relapse that lasts for months. My diabetes is out of control and I have to do something but haven't a clue what to do for the best. The numbers go up when I'm having problems with the brucellosis.