Exercise Helps Diabetics Live Longer
"Type 2 diabetics usually are
overweight, and exercise of any sort will help them lose weight and lower blood
glucose levels," says Davida Kruger, MSN, RN, a diabetes nurse at Henry
Ford Hospital in Detroit.
"We're not talking about running
marathons," she says. "Any sort of exercise will do, whether walking
around the block, mall walking, or riding a stationary bicycle. We are talking
about moving more than you are moving now."
Exercise will improve heart function,
lower blood glucose levels, and help control weight, she adds. "It's of
great benefit to patients, and if they monitor their blood sugar, they can
really see the benefit."
"Exercise does make a
difference," agrees Lisa Hoffman, MA, a New York City-based exercise
physiologist and owner of Solo Fitness in New York. "I recommend a
well-rounded, general program of aerobic activity and strength training. It's
also important that people with diabetes make sure they have eaten before
of exercise are well documented, but regular physical activity may be even more
beneficial for type 2 diabetics.
diabetes can often be controlled with weight loss, improved nutrition, and
exercise, but sometimes their condition requires
In a 12-year
study, men with type 2 diabetes who were physically inactive were twice as
likely to die compared to those who were active.