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Exercise and Diabetes

Updated on October 10, 2010

Diabetes and Excercise

The more you exercise, the less you have to worry about cardiovascular disease, being overweight, or diabetes. All of these conditions can go hand in hand. Proper exercise may prevent, or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

If you are already diabetic, exercise helps you body to metabolize blood glucose and it helps you to keep your sugars under control. Exercise encourages the use of blood glucose as fuel by the cells. This well help to keep your sugars low and will allow you to eat a little bit more of foods that have carbohydrates as you are more likely to burn up those extra carbs when exercising.

What Are The Benefits Of Excercise to Diabetics?

  • Exercise helps to lower blood lipid levels.
  • Exercise helps the bodies ability to use glucose and decreases the amount of immunoreactive insulin you synthesize or inject.
  • Exercise can improve the cell's of the body to maximize the use of blood glucose.
  • Exercise helps to minimize the negative reactions from a heavy carbohydrate meal.

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Rebounding on a mini-trampoline is one of the best and safest ways to exercise for diabetics.

The typical Mini-trampolines are about 3 feet across and 9 inches off the ground. One of the reasons rebounding is so good for you is because of its effects on the lymphatic system of the body. Rebounding is reported to help to increase lymph flow by 15 to 30 times. This means that it is helping to purify the blood and increases circulation throughout the body.

Rebounding can help to significantly reduce the symptoms of diabetes. It is a non strenuous exercise that can be done by nearly anyone and anywhere. Remember to start slow and work your way up to a 30-45 minute session and just watch those blood sugars improve.

Offered below you will find some of the best in mini-trampolines for rebounding available. Some come with stabilizing balance bar, and some are even foldable for easy storage or travel.

Getting out and walking is a great way to shed those extra pounds, reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, and to help you to control your blood sugars.

  • Walking helps to improve blood sugar control. It helps the muscles utilize blood glucose and its benefits can last for several hours, even days.
  • Walking helps to improve cardiovascular health. This is important because diabetics are at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Walking helps with weight control. Getting out and walking on a regular basis helps to burn calories which helps to control weight and reduces the risk of other health problems.

Remember to look out the proper fitting shoes for walking. Diabetics are at in increased risk of ulcers on the feet which are prone to infection. Be sure to find a pair of quality, comfortable walking shoes for your walking exercise program.

Riding a bike is another great way to help to lose weight and manage your blood sugar levels. Cycling is a great cardiovascular exercise that is also a good leg work out.

Cycling is low impact and a perfect exercise for diabetics as you can choose your own pace and difficulty level. If you are new to biking or have not done it in a long time then start with just a ride down the street, or around the block. Work your way up from there.

You will love cycling because it is such a fun work out. You are out in nature, or inside in the comforts of your own home on a stationary bike. Before you know it, you will be losing those extra pounds and getting yourself back in shape again and doing a much better job of managing your blood sugar.

When choosing a bike, keep in mind where you will be riding, do you need a road bike, a mountain bike, or do you prefer a stationary bike for working out at home.

Before You Start Your Exercise Program

On a side note, be sure to check with your physician before starting an exercise program. Also, be sure to keep your glucose test kit with you as your sugars are bound to drop when working out. Remember to bring some juice or a snack in case your sugars drop too low. I like to bring a water bottle with 1/4 juice, 3/4 water when exercising. This provides proper fluids and just enough sugar for me to not drop too low.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My grandpa died of heart failure a year ago. He was diabetic and already sick but he was taking that drug Avandia, that I'm pretty sure played a role in his heart's deterioration.

      DON'T TAKE AVANDIA!

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      Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Diabetes is a huge problem today not only in adult, but in kids. Great to see you share and promote exercise and healthy living. **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      Now that is something I have not thought about, using a mini-trampoline. I wonder how well they work? Good suggestions here!

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      NC Shepherd 7 years ago

      I'm not diabetic, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's in my future. My body is pretty sensitive to changes in blood sugar levels. Boy, watch out if I can't eat breakfast right away!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I have noticed that at nights, when I do a 35 minute walk after I eat, my numbers go high when I check my blood 2 hours later. IT does not usually happen when I do a more streneous workout during the day, on the contrary. Most of the time the numbers will go down.

      Anyone with the same problem or, anyone who know the answer for this?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Newley diagnosed with Diabetes 2, I decided it was time to do someting about my weight.It is not through over eating or having the wrong foods, unfortunatley medication for other conditions have made me gain alot of weight.

      i invested in a very good Treadmill and aim to use it for 1 Hour every day. I now manage to loose 3lbs a week and my blood glucose is falling rapidly.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Newley diagnosed with Diabetes 2, I decided it was time to do someting about my weight.It is not through over eating or having the wrong foods, unfortunatley medication for other conditions have made me gain alot of weight.

      i invested in a very good Treadmill and aim to use it for 1 Hour every day. I now manage to loose 3lbs a week and my blood glucose is falling rapidly.

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      thevascularsurgeon 9 years ago

      A really good lense. I guess you might like this page as well on Diabetic Feet

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      eccles1 9 years ago

      I think you are right Exercise is very important and feel better when I do them thank you

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      rosecottageceo 9 years ago

      Big thumbs up! Lensrolling to my lens about Type 2 Diabetes and taking Byetta. Thanks!