Fitness is the first line of defense when it comes to diabetes. Exercise can help control blood glucose levels because more glucose is absorbed from the bloodstream during physical activity. The American Diabetes Association recommends people with diabetes do at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day to improve symptoms. People with type 2 diabetes have a lot to gain from exercise. Losing weight can actually stimulate the pancreas to produce insulin. Researchers previously thought beta cells in the pancreas that stopped producing insulin were done forever, but a study shows they could begin functioning again. In the study, patients who exercised and ate only 600 calories a day regained pancreas function. This suggests exercising or eating the right amount can reverse some diabetes symptoms.
A diet of 600 calories is not a lot. Patients in the study only accomplished the feat with liquid diet drinks and vegetables. People with diabetes can benefit by eating fewer calories and burning off some through exercise. Anyone seeking to begin a drastic exercise or diet routine should talk with their doctor or a personal trainer first. Remember even a little regular exercise can have a huge impact on diabetes. Exercise lowers the risk of heart disease in addition to lowering blood sugar. In the modern world, with diabetes medications readily available, it's easy to forget how beneficial exercise really is.
People who exercise can lower their blood sugar and may not need to take oral medication. That's good news for anyone who wants to avoid dangerous medications like the type 2 drug Actos. Actos complications have been linked to bladder cancer and congestive heart failure, and thousands of lawsuits have been filed. People looking to safely manage symptoms should remember that exercise plays a key role in diabetes health and overall health.
Source: William Richards researches and writes about prescription drugs and medical devices for Drugwatch.com.
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