How getting active can help you manage diabetes

For those diagnosed with diabetes the importance of exercise for controlling the disease cannot be underestimated. Exercise can help lower blood sugar, control weight, lower blood pressure, lower 'bad' cholesterol, raise 'good' cholesterol, strengthen bones, increase muscle, reduce anxiety and improve mood. Increasing physical activity has a huge impact on increasing sensitivity to insulin, which will help to combat insulin resistance

What Can you do?

The goal is to get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of exercise per week at a moderate intensity. Doing 20-25 minutes per day is an easy way to break this up, include activities that work all the major muscle groups like your legs, back, abdomen and chest

Examples of Moderate exercise are:

Get Started

It doesn’t matter if you haven’t worked exercised in a couple of years or have never purposefully exercised before getting started is one of the best things you can do for your diabetes and for your health in general. Before you start exercising you might want to think about:

Be Safe

Before starting any physical activity, check with your doctor to talk about the best physical activities for you. Be sure to discuss proper preparation and what to avoid.


American Diabetes Association

Diabetes Uk

Diabetes Canada

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC)

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