Ten Benefits of Being Active with Diabetes

February 2, 2012 at 11:43 am Leave a comment

1. Improve blood glucose management. Activity makes your body more sensitive to the insulin you make. It also burns glucose (calories). Both actions lower blood glucose.

2. Lower blood pressure. Activity helps your heart pump stronger and slower.

3. Improve blood fats. Exercise can raise good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides. These changes help keep your heart healthy.

4. Take less insulin or diabetes pills. Activity can lower blood glucose and weight. Both of these may lower how much insulin or diabetes pills you need to take.

5. Lose weight (and keep it off). Activity burns calories. If you burn enough calories, you’ll trim a few pounds. Stay active and you’ll keep the weight off.

6. Lower risk for other health problems. Reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke, some cancers, and bone loss.

7. Gain more energy and sleep better. You’ll get better sleep in less time and have more energy, too.

8. Reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Work out or walk off daily stress and tension.

9. Build stronger bones and muscles. Weight-bearing activities, such as walking, make bones stronger. Strength-training activities, such as lifting light weights (or even cans of beans), make muscles strong.

10. Be more flexible. Moving around gets easier the more active you are.

*Adapted from the American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org)*

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