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Staying Active

Exercising with diabetes

Regular physical activity may help your diabetes. Daily activity:

  • May help the insulin in your blood work better
  • May help lower blood sugar levels by using glucose for energy

Exercising consistently can help you manage your blood glucose and A1C level. Exercise can also help reduce stress. Stress, which can increase your blood sugar, can make it harder to control your blood sugar levels. Remember: Be sure to check with your doctor first before starting any new exercise program.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 150 minutes or more of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week for adults. When you break that into five 30-minute sessions a week, it helps to make reaching your goal a little easier. These guidelines also recommend doing muscle-strengthening activities that work all your major muscle groups twice a week or more.

Helpful tips for exercising with diabetes
Helpful tips for exercising with diabetes

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