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What can exercise do for me if I have diabetes?

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If you're a diabetic, exercise may benefit you than you realize.

You probably already know that it's good for your heart, and that it can help you lose weight -- but did you know that it will lower your blood sugar levels by prompting your body to use insulin more effectively? It may also help you need less medication, insulin, or other therapies.

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Blood Glucose Control and Exercise" and "Injury-Free Exercise -- 11 Quick Safety Tips." 

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "What I Need to Know About Physical Activity and Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association. , January 2014. Diabetes Care

Wayne Westcott, PhD, instructor of exercise science, Quincy College.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Blood Glucose Control and Exercise" and "Injury-Free Exercise -- 11 Quick Safety Tips." 

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "What I Need to Know About Physical Activity and Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association. , January 2014. Diabetes Care

Wayne Westcott, PhD, instructor of exercise science, Quincy College.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 12, 2018

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