3How Exercise Affects Diabetes?
Exercise can do a lot to improve diabetes and prevent its complications from having no justification for getting started.
Exercise is recommended to everyone and can help prevent diseases such as type 2 diabetes, but even if you already have a disease, it is not too late to approach fitness bandwagon and enjoy the benefits of exercise.
Actually, regular exercise can slow down the progression of diabetes and ease management.
Your muscles use glucose or blood sugar as fuel. Exercise causes the muscles to absorb glucose approximately 20 times the normal rate. There is reduction in the level of your blood sugar when you exercise, says Erica Christ, RD, a Certified Diabetes Educator at Greenwich’s Weight Loss & Diabetes Center in Greenwich, Conn.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that type 2 diabetics receive at least 150 minutes of exercise per week or 30 minutes per day, five days a week.
Sounds too scary? Researchers at McMaster University, Canada, discovered high intensity training sessions – 10 minutes of intense aerobic activity (at 90% of maximum heart rate) with 1 minute rest between each burst – hypoglycemia of type 2 diabetic patients 24 hours later.
Reducing blood sugar, which is your first concern for managing diabetes, is one of the many benefits of exercising when you have type 2 diabetes.