The benefits of physical activity on diabetes

Physical activity has many benefits for people living
with diabetes. Here is some information on the subject.

Desperate times call for “the right” measures!

We a person receives a diagnosis for diabetes, it is normal to want to limit its impact on health. It can sometimes be difficult to make lifestyle changes this type of diagnosis requires. Yet, these changes can bring a great number of benefits, which is the case for physical activity.

It is well-known that a poor diet, obesity, and sedentariness are contributing factors to the development of diabetes. Therefore, it is not surprising that management of the disease focuses primarily on lifestyle changes. Adopting a healthy and balanced diet, losing weight, and doing regular physical activity are priorities in the diabetes treatment plan.

The benefits of physical activity

Everyone can benefit from increasing their level of physical activity. It can have an even greater benefit for people living with diabetes.

Here are some of the positive effects you could benefit
from by exercising more:

  • lose weight
  • better manage your blood glucose
  • minimize the risks of medical complications of diabetes
  • reduce the need to use medication or the dosage of your medications, including insulin
  • reduce your cholesterol levels
  • normalize your blood pressure
  • extend your life expectancy
  • get better sleep
  • reduce stress
  • have a sense of well-being and vitality

Enthusiasm—and caution!

If it has been a while since you’ve exercised regularly, it’s better to start gradually. For instance, to start, you could try to do 10 to 15 minutes of physical activity, once or twice a day; then, you could increase the duration of your sessions. To benefit fully from exercise, aim for at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week over a period of at least three days.

Try exercising moderately. Here are a few examples of moderate intensity physical activity:

  • brisk

  • jogging

  • cycling

  • swimming or
    water aerobics

  • dancing

  • tennis or squash

Keep in mind that starting an intensive exercise program can sometimes involve certain risks. Speak to your doctor if you suffer from other health problems, such as heart disease. Additionally, because exercise has a direct effect on blood glucose, you may have to adjust the dosage of your medications. Your pharmacist and doctor are always available to advise you about adjusting your treatment.

What about medication?

Making lifestyle changes are not always enough to successfully manage blood glucose. If this is the case for you, don’t get discouraged! Many people with diabetes must eventually turn to medication. As medication experts, pharmacists can explain how to make optimal and safe use of medications. Moreover, they can help you to appropriately monitor your blood glucose in order to be able to adjust your treatment. Careful monitoring of your blood glucose is also the key to your success!

Focusing on physical activity as a way to take control of diabetes is a sound and profitable investment. As your own health manager, keep things running smoothly!

Speak to your pharmacist for additional information about preventing, detecting,
and managing hypoglycemia

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The benefits of physical activity on diabetes

Physical activity has many benefits for people living with diabetes. Here is some information on the subject.