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Exercise is one of the greatest things anyone can do for their health, but for diabetics – the health benefits are even more significant than for most. Here are some top reasons to get you
motivated and moving!
If you have Type 2 diabetes, your body isn’t able to use insulin the way it needs to in order to allow glucose to enter your cells. Numerous studies have demonstrated that exercise has a positive effect on insulin sensitivity – particularly resistance training (i.e., lifting weights).
Many diabetics experience nerve damage that can cause pain and numbness. Studies have shown that regular exercise – even just a basic walking routine – can help reduce symptoms of neuropathy.
Research tells us that people with diabetes are at greater risk for falls, particularly in those treated with insulin. Getting on an exercise program is a great way to build bone strength – particularly weightbearing activities such as yoga, racquet sports, strength training, brisk walking, or golf.
Exercise is one of the greatest ways to reduce your blood pressure, cholesterol and stress – all of which are leading risk factors for heart disease. It can help raise your good cholesterol and improve your overall heart health.
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