Exercise Helps Treat Diabetes

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Get moving to lower blood sugar. Many studies have documented that exercise helps in treating diabetes. Here are a few examples:

  • All forms of exercise aerobic and strength training have been shown to be equally good at lowering HbA1c values. (HbA1c is a blood test that measures glucose values over months)
  • Strength training and aerobic exercise both help to lower insulin resistance in sedentary older adults at risk for diabetes. Combining the two is better than either one alone.
  • People with diabetes who walk at least two hours a week are less likely to die of heart disease than their sedentary counterparts, and those who exercise three to four hours a week cut their risk even more.
  • Women with diabetes who spend at least four hours a week doing moderate or vigorous exercise have a 40% lower risk of developing heart disease than those who do not exercise.
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