Diabetes Tip: Want Healthy Blood Sugar Levels? Get Moving!

Filed Under: Diabetes, Blood Sugar

One of the most important things you can do to get a handle on diabetes and its related Diabetes Tip: Want Healthy Blood Sugar Leves? Get Moving!complications is to maintain a healthy weight. And that means making important lifestyle changes that include regular exercise.

Researchers at Stanford and the University of California Berkeley who followed almost 6,000 men for 14 years determined that increased physical activity was effective in preventing type 2 diabetes. Exercise 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 lowers blood sugar and burns calories, while resistance training, such as weightlifting, builds muscle and improves long-term insulin sensitivity.

Walking is one exercise most anyone can participate in. In addition to recommending at least 30 minutes of brisk walking most days of the week, at the Whitaker Wellness Institute we take patients on 10-minute post-meal walks because this helps clear glucose out of the bloodstream.

So why is consistent physical activity so important? Regular exercise resets your body’s thermostat for hours after you’ve exercised—which means you keep burning calories and fat long after you’ve stopped moving. 

If walking’s not for you, choose an activity you enjoy and stick with it. You don’t have to run marathons—just get moving.

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