10 Things that you probably did not know about Diabetes # 6
May 10, 2017
Do you take exercise?
If you at risk, type 2 diabetes can be prevented with moderate weight loss (10-15 pounds) and 30 minute of moderate physical activity (such as brisk walking) each day.
Wondering why physical activity is so important?
Regular activity is a key part of managing diabetes along with proper meal planning, taking medications as prescribed, and stress management.
When you are active, your cells become more sensitive to insulin so it can work more efficiently. Your cells also remove glucose from the blood using a mechanism totally separate from insulin during exercise.
So, exercising consistently can lower blood glucose and improve your A1C. When you lower your A1C, you may be able to take fewer diabetes pills or less insulin.
Physical activity is also important for your overall well being, and can help with many other health conditions.
T2D main risk factors are the following:
Family history of diabetes
High blood pressure
Higher than normal blood sugar
History of gestational diabetes
If you present any of these risk factors is very import to practice moderate physical activity.