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Monday, November 19, 2012 - Exercise Does Help Control Your Diabetes

Diabetes and ExerciseBeing active is a great way to help control diabetes. Exercise helps lower your blood sugar. During physical activity, your body uses insulin much more efficiently than it does at rest.

Exercise also helps you lose weight. Being overweight makes it harder for your cells to use insulin and can lead to a condition called insulin resistance.

What kind of activity is best for me?

Ask your physician what types of exercise are safe for you. Start at your own pace and be realistic. If you are inactive, begin with a brisk walk for five to 10 minutes a day. Try to be more active in the things you do every day – take the stairs or park a little farther from your destination and walk the rest of the way.

Ideally, you should build up to 30 to 60 minutes of moderate activity most days of a week. Your activity should include exercises that build strength and increase flexibility.
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