New research confirms that for type 2 diabetics, it doesn’t matter where or how you exercise, as long as you’re doing it! Physical activity is essential for optimal health, but for diabetics, it’s even more important. Being overweight can trigger or worsen type 2 diabetes, but even if you’re not overweight, exercise supports other crucial factors that spiral high blood sugar out of control. Whether you’re exercising with a group, in your own living room, or simply walking for 30 minutes on your lunch break, get moving, and your body will thank you. Here are the top 5 ways that you can beat type 2 diabetes with exercise.
1. Slimming Down
Initiating a regular exercise routine prevent type 2 diabetes in those with high risk but also it can reverse it in newly diagnosed people (within a year of diagnosis).
This is in large part due to the weight loss, which reduces damage to the body and improves regeneration and healing.
2. Helping Your Heart
Type 2 diabetics have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease than healthy individuals, but exercise can help to level the playing field. In fact, exercise improves triglyceride and cholesterol levels, reduces blood pressure, and lowers the risk of cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke.
3. Cooling the Heat
Exercise lowers inflammation and oxidative stress. Having type 2 diabetes means that your body is pumping out unhealthy amounts of inflammatory chemicals and free radicals, which damage your body’s ability to use carbohydrates for fuel. When inflammation and oxidative stress injure cells and tissues that are involved in blood sugar regulation, you’re left with a list of unwanted symptoms, including high glucose levels.
4. Mending Muscles
One of the dangerous side effects of type 2 diabetes is fatty deposits in muscle tissues that interfere with your muscles’ ability to turn glucose into fuel.
Even one session of exercise increases your muscles’ ability to take up and metabolize glucose, whereas consistent training boosts energy production and metabolism on an ongoing basis.
5. Greater Glucose Control
All diabetics should be looking for ways to get glucose out of their bloodstream and into their cells where it can be used to manufacture energy. When this process is optimized, glucose control is at its best. Turns out that exercise improves your body’s capacity to move glucose to the cells that need it and break it down into powerful energy for your body.
For most type 2 diabetics, exercise is a safe and effective way to improve blood sugar control, reduce the health risks associated with type 2 diabetes, and even reverse diabetes altogether if you catch it early enough. However, that’s not true for everyone. Effectively treating and reversing type 2 diabetes means tailoring your treatment plan to your unique body, which means you’ll need to focus on fitness, diet, and other therapies as well. Instead of following the status quo and forgoing the results you need, find your unique path to recovery by identifying the root of your diabetes and healing from the inside out.