The Low Down on Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes

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You’re probably spending hours working out if you have type 2 diabetes. And why won’t you? Getting your weight down and sweating it out have numerous benefits, and it’s also the first thing your doctor advise you to do – lose weight.

But did you know that just a five to ten percent reduction from your starting weight can have significant effects on blood glucose levels? So slow down a bit and be aware of how much exercise do you really need. You’d be surprised to know that you’re probably doing too much.

Rd.com reports:

Exercise will not only help control blood sugar levels but also help you shed weight and keep your heart healthy. It’s important you keep an eye on your blood sugar because any physical activity makes you more sensitive to insulin.

Endocrinologists suggest type 2 diabetics get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercises like brisk walking or an equivalent. Flexibility and strength training are also encouraged. If doing 30 minutes in one session sounds daunting, no worries. You can spread it out over the course of the day.

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