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									Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes

One of the most undemanding and the most workable ways to knock over
blood sugar amount,
eliminate the dangers of “cardiovascular disease,” and perk up health and
welfare in general
is exercise.

In spite of that, in today’s inactive world where almost every
indispensable job can be
carried out online, from the ergonomic chair in front of a computer, or
with a streaming line of messages from a fax machine,
exercising can be a hard argument to win over.

The Weight of Exercise

Everyone should exercise, yet the health experts tells us that only 30%
of the United States population gets the recommended
thirty minutes of daily physical activity, and 25% are not active at all.
In fact, inactivity is thought to be one of the key
reasons for the surge of type 2 diabetes in the U.S., because inactivity
and obesity promote insulin resistance.

The good news is that it is never too late to get moving, and exercise is
one of the easiest ways to start controlling your diabetes.
For people with type 2 diabetes in particular, exercise can improve
insulin sensitivity, lower the risk of heart disease, and promote weight
loss.

Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is on the rise. The number of people diagnosed with diabetes
every year increased by 48% between 1980 and 1994. Nearly
all the new cases are Type 2 Diabetes, or adult-onset, the kind that
moves in around middle age. Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes include
increased thirst, appetite, and need to urinate; feeling tired, edgy, or
sick to the stomach; blurred vision; tingling or loss of
feeling in the hands.

The causes of type 2 diabetes are complex and not completely understood,
although research is uncovering new clues at a rapid pace.

However, it has already been proven that one of the reasons for the boom
in type 2 diabetes is the widening of waistbands and the
trend toward a more deskbound and inactive lifestyle in the United States
and other developed countries. In America, the shift has
been striking; in the 1990s alone, obesity increased by 61% and diagnosed
diabetes by 49%.

For this reason, health experts encourage those who already have type 2
diabetes to start employing the wonders that exercise can do
for them. Without exercise, people have the tendency to become obese.
Once they are obese, they have bigger chances of accumulating
type 2 diabetes.
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that over
80% of people with type 2 diabetes are clinically overweight.
Therefore, it is high time that people, whether inflicted with type 2
diabetes or not, should start doing those jumping and stretching
activities.

Getting Started

The first order of business with any exercise plan, especially if you are
a “dyed-in-the-wool” sluggish, is to consult with your health
care provider. If you have cardiac risk factors, the health care provider
may want to perform a stress test to establish a safe level of
exercise for you.

Certain diabetic complications will also dictate what type of exercise
program you can take on. Activities like weightlifting, jogging, or
high-impact aerobics can possibly pose a risk for people with diabetic
retinopathy due to the risk for further blood vessel damage and possible
retinal detachment.

If you are already active in sports or work out regularly, it will still
benefit you to discuss your regular routine with your doctor.
If you are taking insulin, you may need to take special precautions to
prevent hypoglycemia during your workout.

Start Slow

For those who have type 2 diabetes, your exercise routine can be as
simple as a brisk nightly neighborhood walk. If you have not been
very active before now, start slowly and work your way up. Walk the dog
or get out in the yard and rake. Take the stairs instead of the
elevator. Park in the back of the lot and walk. Every little bit does
work, in fact, it really helps a lot.

As little as 15 to 30 minutes of daily, heart-pumping   exercise can make a
big difference in your blood glucose control and your   risk of
developing diabetic complications. One of the easiest   and least expensive
ways of getting moving is to start a walking program.   All you
need is a good pair of well-fitting, supportive shoes   and a direction to
head in.

Indeed, you do not have to waste too many expenses on costly “health club
memberships,” or the most up-to-date health device to start
pumping those fats out. What you need is the willingness and the
determination to start exercising to a healthier, type 2 diabetes-free
life.

The results would be the sweetest rewards from the effort that you have
exerted.

								
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