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Diabetes 101: Benefits of Being physically active

by IBD Medical on April 04, 2024
Benefits of Being physically active in diabetes


Physical activity is crucial for managing diabetes. It helps control blood sugar levels, improves insulin sensitivity, and reduces the risk of complications. Regular exercise also benefits heart health, mental well-being, and overall quality of life. 

Being physically active can bring several benefits to individuals with diabetes, including:

  1. Improved blood sugar control: Physical activity helps to lower blood sugar levels by increasing insulin sensitivity, allowing glucose to be used more effectively by the body's cells.
  2. Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease: Diabetes increases the risk of heart disease, but regular physical activity can help to reduce this risk by improving cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and overall heart health.
  3. Weight management: Exercise can help individuals with diabetes manage their weight by burning calories, increasing metabolism, and building lean muscle mass.
  4. Increased energy levels: Regular physical activity can boost energy levels and reduce fatigue, making it easier to manage diabetes symptoms.
  5. Improved mood: Exercise is a powerful tool that can uplift your spirits and reduce stress levels. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with diabetes who may be dealing with the emotional toll of managing a chronic illness, offering a ray of hope and optimism.
  6. Lowered risk of complications: By improving overall health and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, regular physical activity can also help to decrease the risk of diabetes-related complications, such as nerve damage, kidney disease, and eye problems.

However, it's essential to consult a healthcare professional before starting any new exercise regimen.

Listen to the podcast by our community leader Andi Balog, about getting back on track with your physical activity goals:   



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