How Exercise can help you
How can exercise help if you have diabetes?
Being active is good for all of us but is especially important for people with diabetes. Physical activity, combined with healthy eating and any diabetes medication that you might be taking, will help you to manage your diabetes and prevent long-term diabetes complications.
“Physical activity, combined with healthy eating and any diabetes medication that you might be taking, will help you to manage your diabetes”
The many health benefits of physical activity include:
- improving your diabetes control and helping to prevent some of the complications of diabetes
- reducing the chances of you having a heart attack or stroke
- preventing or lowering high blood pressure.
- improving your cholesterol levels
- strengthening your bones to help prevent osteoporosis (brittle bones)
- helping treat arthritis and lowering back pain
- aiding weight management, including weight loss, which helps all of the above.
Being more physically active often conjures up images of gym memberships, long distance runs and aerobics in a leotard, yet this need not be the case.
The great news is that you can become more active by making small changes to your lifestyle such as getting off the bus one stop early, taking the stairs instead of the lift or taking the dog for a brisk walk.
Copyright & 2007 Diabetes UK
This information has been provided by Diabetes UK, the largest organisation in the UK working for people with diabetes, funding research, campaigning and helping people live with the condition.
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