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01

Exercise your right to improved diabetes control

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ExerciseClassLosing weight and improved conditioning are two  reasons many people start and continue exercising. People living with diabetes can add another motivation – improved blood sugar control.

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.

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Ordering Supplies and Equipment

A diabetes treatment plan is very important. Make sure you know how things should work. Carefully following any medication orders and instructions is vital to your plan's success. Make sure you don't run out of supplies just as you refill prescriptions so you don't run out of medication.

Here are some ways you can let us help you reorder supplies:

At Diabetes Management & Supplies, we value the part we play on your treatment plan team and realize that winning is promoting good health.