Exercise is essential for everyone, diabetic or not. Exercising does not come naturally to everyone; it is a habit that needs to be cultivated and developed. Generally, insulin is secreted from the pancreas when the amount of glucose in the blood increases, normally after eating. The liver and the muscles are stimulated by the insulin to absorb the excess sugar resulting in the lowering of the blood sugar level. The body requires extra energy for the exercising muscles and that to in the form of glucose.
Lack of physical activity and high calorie intake through one’s diet can in all probability lead to diabetes. One can say that diabetes is a lifestyle related disease. Looking specifically at how exercise affects diabetics in this write up let me encourage you to be open minded. A combination of a normal, healthy diet and a regular exercise routine helps prevent complications from setting in and plays an important role in good health. As we all know, diabetes is caused by the inability of the pancreas to produce insulin according to the requirements of the body. Due to this the glucose collects in the blood stream and leads to series of malfunctions.
Exercise plays a vital role in any type of diabetes, however a doctor needs to be consulted before a diabetic begins to exercise. Once the routine is started one should be consistent in order for the body to remain healthy and fit and overcome all odds. Physical activity helps by increasing the efficiency and sensitivity of the insulin thus improving the regulation of the blood sugar levels. It also helps in decreasing the risk of diabetes-associated complications. It enhances blood pressure, body composition and cardio respiratory wellbeing.
In essence, exercise boosts one’s self confidence, quality and outlook of life. It helps in weight control, decreases risk of heart disease (which is a great plus point), helps one sleep better and considerably improves the immune system. Physical activity clubbed with a good diet is also known to prevent Type 2 diabetes as well as a safe way to bring the blood sugar level under control. Thus diabetes can be controlled.
Folks who are overweight or have diabetic neuropathy must on all counts check with the doctor before exercising. The same goes for folks who have a history of heart disease. Some may need special footwear for the protection of their feet. Exercise does not necessarily need to be strenuous but the minimum amount of time should be about 30 minutes a day. In some cases, exercise can have an adverse affect or worsen the diabetic symptoms. The blood sugar levels need to be tested prior to exercise, in case the blood sugar levels get low then the patient will feel hungry, anxious and shaky, disoriented, become irritable or begin to tremble. In case this occurs then a carbohydrate snack or drink will help bring the situation under control.
All in all exercise is to be encouraged and implemented as mentioned earlier it helps boost confidence and the quality of life. It also keeps the senses alert. Personally, I believe in physical fitness, as a healthy body always has a healthy mind. So don the attire and begin your workouts at the earliest and enjoy the fruits and results it will bring you. All the best!
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