Diabetes and Activity Level

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Filed Under: Diabetes, Blood Sugar
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

People who lead a sedentary lifestyle are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In fact, some Harvard researchers found that the more TV you watch, the more likely you are to suffer with diabetes and weight problems and diabetes. Why? Because lack of exercise lowers insulin sensitivity and increases the possibility of metabolic syndrome.

Regular exercise is a must if you’re looking to maintain a healthy weight and control blood sugar levels. Researchers at Stanford and the University of California Berkeley who followed nearly 6,000 men for 14 years determined that increased physical activity was extremely effective in preventing type 2 diabetes. And it was especially protective for men with the highest risk of developing diabetes—those who were overweight or had a family history of the disease.

Aerobic exercise will lower blood sugar and burn calories, while resistance training, such as weightlifting, builds muscle and improves long-term insulin sensitivity. You don’t have to run marathons—just get active. Brisk walking is one of the easiest exercises.

The most important thing is to choose something you enjoy and stick with it. I recommend at least 30–45 minutes of vigorous exercise four or more days per week.

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