Exercise plays a major role for optimal health in individuals with type 2 diabetes. It also helps to control pre-diabetes, gestational diabetes mellitus and diabetes-related health complications.
Most people with type 2 diabetes can safely exercise as long as certain precautions are taken.
Exercise helps lower blood glucose level in the following way-
1. The body cells take up glucose during physical activity and thus lower blood sugar levels.
2. Regular exercise can also help in prevention and control of insulin resistance. The cells are better able to use any available insulin to take up glucose during and after physical activity.
Both aerobic exercises and resistance training improve insulin action and can assist in lowering the blood sugar levels and improve your A1C.
Exercising consistently can also help lower your lipids, blood pressure, cardiovascular risk, mortality and improve your quality of life. But, it is important to undertake an exercise regime on a regular basis to have continued benefits.
Walking is one of the easiest and healthiest ways to exercise, without the need for special equipment and with little risk of injury.
Dr. Trupti Shirole