Exercising regularly is a good idea for everyone, but it is particularly effective and helpful for people with diabetes or those who are at risk for developing diabetes. Exercise is helpful for those with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, and it has the added benefit of reducing fat around the liver, heart, and abdomen, which is extremely beneficial. The liver regulates the total distribution of fat around the body. When fat builds up around the liver, it also spreads deposits of lipids elsewhere, such as the heart walls. Even if you have diabetes or you are in the at-risk range, exercising reduces the risk of getting diabetes, and it helps the health of those with diabetes.
How Exercise Helps Diabetes
Exercise helps those with diabetes by helping with blood glucose and feeling better and more invigorated as a whole. When exercising and using your muscles, the muscles convert glucose and fatty acids. The pancreas detects lower levels of glucose, and its beta cells ease up on their output of insulin. The beta cells stop pumping out insulin, and the liver is stimulated to empty its reserves of glucose to give the muscles energy.
By continuing to exercise, the liver converts fats, amino acids, and lactic acid to more glucose to send aid to the muscles. The fat cells in the body compensate for the lowered levels of fatty acids by releasing triglycerides and converting them into fatty acids. Taking the time to exercise will lower blood glucose levels, lower fatty acids in the blood, and ease the pancreas’ job. It improves the way the body produces insulin, improves muscle strength, reduces stress, lowers bad cholesterol while raising good cholesterol, and improves blood circulation and overall energy levels.
Precautions for Exercising With Diabetes
With diabetes, it’s important to keep in mind that the glucose in your blood sugar is important to monitor and to align your insulin doses with the activity you’re doing and eating meals. Blood glucose can go down before or after exercise, so it’s important to monitor your glucose to make sure there are no unexpected dips or you are caught off guard. Starting slow with exercise and taking proper precautions may be a good idea. Preparing with a snack prior to exercising and testing your ketones is a good idea. If your urine tests positive for ketones, avoid exercising. It’s always wise to exercise with a buddy in case of a problem.
Exercising with diabetes is possible and beneficial. If done correctly, it’s an enjoyable time to work out and also know that you’re taking positive action to protect and maintain your health for the better.
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