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Type 2 Diabetes The Benefits Of Walking

Walking is an easy, effective, and low-cost form of aerobic exercise for people with type 2 diabetes.

There are many benefits, but also a few special safety considerations for those with diabetes to be aware of before they try to start a 10,000 steps a day walking program.

For people with type 2 diabetes, exercise is nearly as important as diet in controlling the disease by maintaining tight glucose control. Walking is cheap, easy, and can be done anywhere. All you really need are a good pair of walking shoes and a pedometer to count your steps.

Before you start, you should first check with your doctor to see if he is happy with your blood glucose control. If it is stable, you should be able to exercise. If not, wait until it is before starting a walking program, but do try to add a few steps to your day each day and watch your diet and weight.

Walking and Diabetes

 

 

In relation to Type 2 diabetes, walking has been shown to:

* Lower blood glucose levels
* Improve the body’s ability to utilize the insulin it produces
* Decrease the risk of heart disease, which tends to develop in combination with diabetes
* Raise good cholesterol levels
* Lower bad cholesterol levels
* Reduce stress
* Tone muscles
* Boost bone strength

Precautions

In addition to making sure your blood glucose is under control, there are several more health considerations particular to those with Type 2 diabetes.

* Exercising with type 2 diabetes requires some special precautions:
* Wear proper fitting shoes and inspect your feet regularly for blisters or pressure sores
* Walk only on flat surfaces if you have diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage)
* Walk only on flat surfaces in areas without traffic during daylight hours if you have diabetic retinopathy (eye damage)
* Inject insulin away from the muscles you will be using most during your walks in order to avoid hypoglycemia.
* Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise.
* Check your blood sugar levels carefully before, during, and after your workout.
* Bring a healthy snack with you in the event of hypoglycemia.

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Diabetes can be tough to manage, but some studies have shown that exercise offers great benefits for those with Type 2 diabetes.

In some cases, weight loss of as few as 10 pounds can even reverse diabetes. As with all exercises, start slowly, be safe and sensible, and you should soon see a fitter new you with better blood glucose control.

 




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