Exercise and Diabetes – Health Benefits

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Regular physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for everyone.

WHAT ARE SOME BENEFITS OF EXERCISE?

  • It helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints.
  • Exercise assists with weight loss/ weight maintenance.
  • In diabetes, activity helps improve the action of the amount of insulin given. Therefore less insulin may be needed to maintain blood sugar levels.
  • Regular exercise makes muscles and other tissues more receptive to insulin, so the body requires less insulin to move glucose from the blood into the muscles.
  • Exercise can reduce the risk of developing diabetes related complications.
  • Exercise lowers blood pressure levels in those diagnosed with high blood pressure and decreases the risk of high blood pressure for others.
  • Exercise reduces the risk of dying from heart disease and certain cancers.
  • Exercise promotes a person’s emotional and psychological well being, hence it may reduce anxiety and depression.