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The Role of Exercise in a Type II Diabetic’s Life

The Role of Exercise in a Type II Diabetic’s Life

    “No goal was ever met without a little sweat”

Exercise was reportedly prescribed as a treatment for diabetes in the first century BC by the Roman physician Celsus. In the modern era, before insulin treatment, exercise was known to lower blood glucose and improves glucose tolerance. However, the role of exercise in the management of type 2 diabetes is quite different from that in type 1 diabetes. Approximately 80% of people with type 2 diabetes are obese and insulin resistant and only about 35% require insulin therapy.

Even in insulin-treated patients, physicians often prescribe exercise along with diabetic diet to achieve and maintain weight reduction and improve glycemic control. Planning for an exercise routine now? Great, but diving into a workout routine may be sometimes intimidating. Don’t worry, here are few exercises that can help you in regular workout, have a look.

Before beginning an exercise program, you should be evaluated by your physician to identify problems that may preclude certain types of exercise regimens.  After physician screening has taken place, you should counsel on strategies for the incorporation of exercise into your overall self-management plan. Also, ask whether the below exercises are good for your health.

Focus on Routine Activity

Increase your normal activities such as jumping, running or climbing stairs for a better blood circulation. It also strengthens your muscles making you strong. Moreover, it possibly reduces the amount of medication needed to treat diabetes.

Have a Walk with Pedometer

Stanford University Researchers conducted a review of 26 studies looking at the use of pedometer and concluded that people who used a pedometer increased their activities by 27%. It’s important to walk 10, 000 steps a day to lower blood pressure.


Cycling is another great exercise that can burn your calories and help in weight loss. Weight loss is often the first line of treatment recommended by doctors for a type II diabetic. In addition, it reduces your stress levels and raise glucose levels.

Reward Yourself

The best way to follow this routine is to motivate yourself by rewarding you with something that really matters for you. But make sure the reward must be healthy that will keep you motivated.

Things to Consider While Doing Exercise

•    Have food within two hours of exercising.
•    If glucose levels are below 100mg/100ml, eat or drink extra carbohydrates.
•    Drink enough fluids before, during and after exercise.

Follow the above exercise tips for diabetes control and lead a healthy life. Remember, before you start any time of new activity; don’t forget to consult your doctor.

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*Disclaimer: The results may vary from person to person, depending on age, sex, body weight and a lot of other factors.*