Regular exercise is not only great for your physical health, but it’s also an effective way to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a condition where the body is unable to use insulin effectively, leading to high blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, and it is largely preventable through lifestyle changes, including exercise.
Our Kinesiologists are exercise professionals when it comes to disease management. Here are a few ways on how doing regular exercise with our Kinesiologists at Longevity Nexum, Barrie Ontario, can help you improve your quality of life to prevent or manage type 2 diabetes:
- Improves insulin sensitivity: Insulin is a hormone that helps to regulate blood sugar levels. When you exercise, your muscles use more glucose (sugar) for energy, which helps to lower blood sugar levels. Over time, regular exercise can help to improve insulin sensitivity, making it easier for your body to use insulin effectively.
- Helps with weight management: Being overweight or obese is a major risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. Regular exercise can help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, which can help to reduce your risk of developing diabetes.
- Reduces inflammation: Chronic inflammation has been linked to the development of type 2 diabetes. Exercise has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body, which may help to lower the risk of developing diabetes.
- Lowers blood pressure: High blood pressure is another risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Exercise can help improve cardiovascular health which will promote lower blood pressure, reducing the risk of developing diabetes.
- Increases energy expenditure: Exercise helps to burn calories, which can help to prevent weight gain and reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
To recap the full benefits of exercise, it is recommended that adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise per week, in addition to muscle-strengthening activities at least two days per week. Although this option of engaging in regular physical activity can seem like too much or daunting, the value you will be gaining from the time spent improving your health will provide you more benefit and in years to come such as decreasing the risk of developing heart disease, moving comfortably and pain free, reducing reliance on medication and extending your lifespan.
Not sure where to start? Contact one of our Kinesiologists at Longevity Nexum to start today. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring or unenjoyable, work with us to find activities you enjoy and make them a part of your regular routine.
In conclusion, exercise is a powerful tool in the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes. By improving insulin sensitivity, aiding in weight management, reducing inflammation, lowering blood pressure, improving cardiovascular health, and increasing energy expenditure, exercise can help you stay healthy and reduce your risk of developing diabetes. So, get moving and make exercise a part of your daily routine!