Archive for May 1st, 2013
WebMD explains that exercise can help lower blood sugar levels and improve control. When exercising, the body needs extra energy or fuel (in the form of glucose) for the exercising muscles, the site explains. For short bursts of exercise, such as a quick sprint to catch the bus, the muscles and the liver can release stores of glucose for fuel. With continued moderate exercising, however, your muscles take up glucose at almost 20 times the normal rate. This helps lowers blood sugar levels. AT the same time insulin levels may drop in anyone not taking insulin so the risks of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar is minimized.
Other benefits of exercise:
- Improving your body’s use of insulin
- Burning excess body fat, helping to decrease and control weight (decreased body fat results in improved insulin sensitivity)
- Improving muscle strength
- Increasing bone density and strength
- Lowering blood pressure
- Helping to protect against heart and blood vessel disease by lowering ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol
- Improving blood circulation and reducing your risk of heart disease
- Increasing energy level and enhancing work capacity
- Reducing stress, promoting relaxation, and releasing tension and anxiety
The Diabetes Management & Supplies “I’m in Control” program teaches diabetes self-management skills to people living with diabetes. Understanding the condition and the importance of proper nutrition are emphasized as well as the role of physical activity. For more information on specific exercise needs or to enroll in group or individual sessions, call our Education Department at 1-888-738-7929.