Many need to recognize that staying active and eating healthy may help them avoid diabetes. If you already have diabetes, it can help you keep your blood sugar levels under control. Additionally, exercise will help you maintain a healthy body weight.
Let us go through some of the things you should know regarding physical fitness and diabetes:
How Does Diabetes Affect Your Body?
Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes affects one’s ability to produce their own insulin, which can move glucose into the body’s muscles and other tissues. People with Type 1 diabetes notably experience these deficiencies and its following risks early on in life as it’s inherited genetically. In contrast, Type 2 diabetes comes later on due to diets and other factors.
What Kind of Physical Activity Is Needed?
There are a variety of activities to choose from. Although, any activity that includes aerobic and resistance training is recommended for those with diabetes. You may also want to choose activities for your workout that you enjoy, like walking, biking, swimming, or playing sports. Make sure to do stretching exercises after every session.
What Should You Consider When Getting Active?
As mentioned above, choose an activity that you will find enjoyable. Stay hydrated and drink water before, during, and after your workout. Most importantly, you must stay consistent with your exercises every day. As much as possible, do not quit. If you feel like more support is needed, it’s best to seek out a personal trainer.
How Does Physical Fitness Combat Diabetes?
Physical fitness is important when combating diabetes, but it’s only natural to question how it does so. Here are factors that are involved and improved amid the process of how fitness routines:
- Heart Rate
Exercise can have a few positive effects on your body, including your heart. It can increase the heart rate, leading to more oxygen and nutrients being delivered to the muscles, increasing endurance and stamina. However, the main benefit is how it reduces blood pressure.
- Blood Sugar
After exercise, the blood glucose levels of people with diabetes can drop to levels of non-diabetic. However, it is a must to keep in mind that while exercise can lower blood glucose, it will not eliminate the need to take insulin. Exercising can remove wastes from the body, allowing it to level blood sugar levels.
- Blood Circulation
Exercising will increase the oxygen in your blood and increase the level of good cholesterol that can help fight diabetes. More circulating will also help increase endurance and stamina. Well-regulated blood circulation will help prevent both diabetes and heart disease.
Stress makes you more at risk of experiencing a diabetic episode. Increased exercise can lower the number of stress hormones, which can lead to better insulin levels and glucose control. This is because hormones will be released, helping you relax and relieve stress.
- Overall Risks
People with diabetes are at risk for many complications related to the disease. Increased physical activity can bring a lot of beneficial health effects. Overall, exercise is a great way to combat diabetes and will decrease your risk of developing other conditions like kidney disease, heart disease, and neuropathy.
Knowing what to know about physical fitness and diabetes can be eye-opening. It is advised that you take these small steps and build a healthier lifestyle for yourself. The key to living a better, healthier life with diabetes is keeping active.
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