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Can exercise lower my risk for heart disease if I have diabetes?

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Nearly everyone with diabetes can benefit from getting more exercise. It's good for your heart and helps control your blood sugar. Even brisk walking counts, so you don't need a gym.

If you're not active now, let your doctor know you want to get started. She can let you know what's safe for you to do.

SOURCES:

National Diabetes Education Program: "I Have Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Living With Diabetes."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 4, 2019

SOURCES:

National Diabetes Education Program: "I Have Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Living With Diabetes."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 4, 2019

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