Recent research has confirmed what everyone has known for decades: exercise is good for you.
But these new studies suggest that any type of physical activity can help type 2 diabetics regulate their high blood sugar.
Here are the top five ways you can fight your type 2 diabetes by getting physical.
1. Smaller Waistline
Participating in a regular exercise routine can help prevent type 2 diabetes for those who are at risk. For diabetics who have recently been diagnosed (within a year of diagnosis), exercise can reverse their condition. This comes as a result of weight loss, which reduces bodily damage and promotes healing.
2. A Helping Heart
Type 2 diabetics are at risk for cardiovascular disease, but exercise can help stave off heart complications. Exercise improves triglyceride and cholesterol levels, it reduces blood pressure, and lowers your risk of experiencing a heart attack or stroke.
3. Cooling the Inflammation
Exercise decreases inflammation and oxidative stress, and if you have type 2 diabetes, you can automatically assume that inflammation and free radicals (which cause oxidative stress) are already major issues for you.
Inflammation and oxidative stress are no joke; they can cause significant tissue damage and throw your blood sugar regulation out of whack.
You can use exercise as a way to ease the inflammation and calm oxidative stress.
4. Mending Muscles
One thing you’ll need to look out for when you have type 2 diabetes is how this condition affects your muscles. Type 2 diabetes causes fatty deposits in muscle tissues, which stifles your muscles from turning glucose into fuel. With just one session of exercise, you can help your muscles stay strong and metabolize glucose. Even better, if you train consistently, you’ll boost energy production and metabolism regularly.
5. Controlling Glucose
Individuals with diabetes should never stop looking for ways they can get glucose out of their blood and into the cells that can then turn it into energy. During this process, glucose regulation is at its peak. New research suggests that exercising regularly can improve your body’s process of moving glucose into the cell and breaking it down into more energy.
Physical activity is a safe and effective way to improve your blood sugar regulation, protect you from diabetic complications, and even reverse your condition if caught early. However, this is not to say that your gym membership should serve as your only treatment option. I recommend seeking out a functional medicine practitioner who can uncover your imbalances and work from there to create an individualized treatment approach. That way, even if your treatment plan involves physical activity (which it should), you and your doctor can pinpoint certain exercises and goals that will help you achieve optimal health.