People with diabetes and type 2 diabetes have a lot to gain from exercise. Exercise is also advantageous in that it helps individuals at high risk of having type 2 diabetes. Patients must be aware however that too much exercise can be lethal for some people as it raises blood sugar levels. For this reason, it is vital to take caution when choosing the forms of exercise to help better conditions like type 2 diabetes.
Some of the benefits of exercise for people with type 2 diabetes include:
- Improved muscle sensitivity to insulin
- Better muscle sensitivity to insulin
- Better blood cholesterol conditions
- Improved ability to lose weight
- Better energy levels
- Less vulnerability to heart disease
- Better blood pressure control
- Better blood sugar control
Looking at the list above, exercise appears to be the answer for most persons with type 2 diabetes, but that is not always the case. For Many people with type 2 diabetes, exercise is not always their cup of tea and have not exercised for years. It goes without saying that these people should start slowly. For beginners, too much exercise can cause a great deal of inflammation and strain to the muscles and as a result, this causes an increase in blood sugar levels. Exercise can thus increase blood sugar levels in some cases.
What exactly are some of the things that we need exercise to accomplish for our body? Exercise is unavoidable if we are to strengthen our cardiovascular system, increase oxygen intake in our tissues, improve flexibility, strengthen our bones and joints, strengthen our muscles, and to pump our lymphatic system. Your ideal choice of exercise should cover all of these areas without being too much or damaging to your system.
For most people, running seems to be a great form of exercise, but is it really the best form? Millions of people have daily routine of running. It is definitely good for the lymphatic system, strengthening our bones, improving our cardiovascular system, improving oxygen intake to our tissues. On the other hand, running can be very damaging to joints such as the knees, and it is not very good for flexibility. In addition, it is not an exercise for beginners starting a new exercise program. Fatigue and inflammation is a very likely outcome in this case.
Yoga is a less common form of exercise for most people. If we do an analysis of what yoga accomplishes for the body, it satisfies the exercise requirements without excessive fatigue and damage to the joints. Yoga varies from very intense to very light which makes it an almost perfect beginner exercise, yet it can satisfy the most intense athlete.
The Orlando Diabetes Project
Clients at the Orlando diabetes project receive the highest level education on all aspects of type 2 diabetes in addition to exercise advice. Our clientele have an understanding of how excessive exercise can be counterproductive to their success in their one on one session. Exercise is vital for everybody including persons with diabetes and type 2 diabetes, but you must make choices wisely.
For more information about the Orlando diabetes project at Integrative Health of Orlando, don't hesitate to call and schedule to attend one of our free diabetes classes. You deserve the very best!