The Best Way to Keep Diabetes at Bay

The Best Way to Keep Diabetes at Bay

Keeping fit is an important way to stave off your diabetes and to ensure that you remain healthy for the next few years. Physical activity helps your blood glucose stay in your target range. When you exercise, the hormone insulin absorbs glucose into all your body’s cells, including your muscles, for energy. Building and using muscle through physical activity has proven to prevent high blood glucose.

Starting a physical activity program will help you to lose weight, or just to keep a healthy weight and ensure your blood glucose levels are on track. Even without reaching a desired healthy weight, a 10 to 15 pound loss makes a world of a difference in reducing the risk of diabetes problems.

But before you get started on your exercise regime, you should plan it with your doctor or health care team which may include a doctor, nurse, dietician, diabetes educator, amongst others. Your health care team can provide you with a realistic target range for your blood glucose levels.

This is important, because people with diabetes who take insulin or other diabetes medicines are more likely to have low blood glucose, also called hypoglycaemia. If your blood glucose levels drop too low, you can pass out or in more serious cases, have a seizure or go into a coma. Physical activity can make hypoglycaemia more likely or worse in people who take insulin or certain diabetes medicines, so planning ahead is key.

Physical activity, combined with healthy eating will go a long way in keeping your diabetes at bay and preventing any future ones. Ask your doctor or health care team about healthy eating plans, and to find out if you need to change the amount of medicine you take or the food you eat before any physical activity.

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