Diabetes and Exercise: What To Know

Hi I’m Ansley and I’m here today to talk
about activity and blood sugar. If you have diabetes, you’re probably tired of people
telling you how important it is to exercise—but here’s the deal, exercise is good for your
body for lots of reasons. It lowers your blood pressure, it can help you lose weight and
it can even make you happier—believe it or not, exercise is proven to lower depression.
But when it comes to diabetes, exercise has one really important benefit—it can lower
your blood sugar. Now you can see this for yourself—if you
have some time, test your blood sugar, then go for a 30-minute walk. When you get back,
test again. For most people, your blood sugar is going to be lower after you’ve walked
(sometimes 20 to 30 points lower) because exercise makes your body more sensitive to
the insulin your body produces naturally. And here’s more good news —exercise doesn’t
have to mean running a marathon. The official recommendation from the experts is that you
should get 30 minutes of exercise five times a week, but any increase in how much you move
is going to help your diabetes—in fact it’s been proven that three ten-minute sessions
of exercise are just as good for you as a full thirty minutes at one time. Parking further away from the door when you
shop, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, doing some simple chair exercises or even
getting up and walking around your couch during commercials when you’re watching TV are
all great ways to get a little more movement into your day. In short, what’s the right
exercise program for you? It’s the one that you’ll actually do—whether it’s walking
in your neighborhood, riding your bike, dancing to music, whatever gets you moving is great
for diabetes. As you get more comfortable and if your doctor OKs it, pick up the pace
a little bit to make it more challenging for yourself. Just make you’re sure you’re drinking
plenty of water and staying hydrated. Now if you’re on insulin or taking a drug
that stimulates your body to make more insulin (and you should ask your doctor if this is
you), you should be aware that exercise can sometimes cause low blood sugar. This doesn’t
mean that you shouldn’t exercise, just that you should talk to your doctor about how to
exercise safely and how to treat a low if it does happen. You can also watch our video
about low blood sugar to learn more. So that’s what you need to know about why
exercise matters for people with diabetes. You have one action item today- go for a 30
minute walk. Test before you start and right afterwards and see the difference in your
blood sugar. Thanks for watching—see you next time!


  1. Very good advice thanks

  2. spot on advice. I am getting healed in Jesus name. Trying to do tje right things.

  3. As usual this was informative.

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