Why Is Exercise So Important for Diabetics?

It is common knowledge that people with (or without) diabetes should exercise regularly. But why is exercise so important if diet appears to be the main factor affecting diabetes? Regular exercise plays a much bigger role than simply helping you lose weight; it improves blood pressure and lowers the risk of complications from the disease.

Why Exercise Is Important

A lot of diabetics are already a healthy weight, even if they don’t exercise regularly. However, exercise is not about just maintaining a healthy weight. A sedentary lifestyle puts you at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease and bone density loss.

Exercises that Are Great for Diabetics

Weight and strength training are great exercises for diabetics because they help to build strong bones and muscles while simultaneously improving metabolism. The constant motions involved in weight training increase the use of glucose by muscles and improve the muscle tissue’s ability to store it.

Regular exercise also reduces body fat and replaces it with muscle, which stores glucose better than fat. One of the common side effects of diabetes is too-low or too-high blood pressure and a lethargic heart. Exercise helps improve blood pressure and makes your heart work, which reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Why Diet Isn't Enough

It is possible to lose weight on diet alone, but exercise is important for keeping the body running as it should. Without proper exercise, glucose builds up in the blood and exacerbates the symptoms of diabetes. Healthy muscles and low body fat help store the body’s glucose in muscle tissue. If you do not have a regular exercise routine, try walking around your neighborhood for 30 minutes to an hour every day. Even walking will help strengthen your muscles and bones. Another thing to remember is to keep your body and your muscle loose. You can do this professionally by seeking out a chiropractor, masseuse or even a stretch program. You can also do simple stretches and yoga at home. 10 to 15 minutes a day is all that it takes.

Photo: Pexels

Get a Free Diabetes Meal Plan

Get a free 7-Day Diabetes Meal Plan from Constance Brown-Riggs who is a Registered Dietitian-Certified Diabetes Educator and who is also a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

Just enter in your email below to download your free Diabetes Meal Plan.

By clicking Submit, you agree to send your info to BattleDiabetes.com who, in addition to 3rd party partners, may contact you with updates, products and information and we agree to use it according to our privacy policy and terms and conditions.

More Articles

More Articles

Scientists have discovered that a single gene forms a common link between type 2 diabetes and...

Natural supplements like cinnamon extract and apple cider vinegar could hold the key to lowering blood sugar levels, according to a recent...

Natural supplements like cinnamon extract and apple cider vinegar could hold the key to lowering blood sugar levels, according to a recent...

Could a person's risk for type 2 diabetes be written in their genes?

According to a study recently published in ...

Women who frequently shift around their sleeping hours could have worse metabolic health outcomes than their peers who stick with a...

The presence of the hormone leptin may hinder prenatal development, which could explain the origin of type 2 diabetes, according to...

An analysis of fossilized Native American feces shows that our ancestors ate up to sixteen times the fiber that we do today, but our...

Managing diabetes is hugely challenging for people of any age, but a new study suggests that young people may suffer all the more....

Disruptions to the gut’s ecosystem could be a future symptom facing young children who take antibiotics, which makes them more susceptible...

Breastfeeding a newborn holds many benefits for mommy and baby; it reduces the baby's risk for colds and viruses, it helps his bones (and yours)...

Fans of the Dexcom G5 Mobile have something to smile about.

At yesterday's hearing with the U.S. Food and Drug...

If you start your day with a cup of tea and end it with a glass of red wine, your blood sugar may thank you.

At least that...

As medical experts continue to debate whether or not "healthy obesity" can even exist, one new study suggests that risk for heart disease...

For years, type 1 diabetics have been anxiously waiting for that medical marvel that can stop the constant injections: the artificial...

“Low-fat” has been the battle cry of the health-conscious for over ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌...