Exercise and Diabetes

People with diabetes have too much glucose in their blood, either due to not producing enough insulin, or not being able to process the insulin (insulin resistance).

Physical activity helps to keep blood glucose levels in the correct range, and is therefore an important part of the treatment plan for diabetes. A healthy diet and proper medication is also essential.

When you’re exercising, your muscles can work without insulin. This means that even if you’re insulin resistant, or have low insulin levels, your muscles get the glucose they need to work. Exercise thus lowers the glucose levels in the blood, and is a great tool for diabetes management.

By controlling your diabetes with physical activity you can help preventing long-term complications like nerve pain and kidney disease. Exercising will also help you control your weight, lower your blood pressure, reduce the risk for heart disease and reduce stress levels.