Type 2 Diabetes

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Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 25.8 million people (adults and children) in the United States or 8.3% of the population, who have diabetes. Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin; a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy. The common form of this disease is Type 2 diabetes.

In type 2 diabetes the body produces insulin but the tissues are no longer sensitive to the effects of insulin; type 2 diabetes is also called insulin resistance. According to the Mayo Clinic the following factors may increase your risk of diabetes:

  • Older age (increased risk over age 45)
  • Overweight/Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Race/ethnicity ( common in African American, Native American, Latino, Asian American and Pacific
  • Islander)
  • Family history

Integrating exercises in your lifestyle may help reduce the risk of diabetes and the resulting complications such as blindness, kidney damage and hardening of the arteries.

Some health studies recommend engaging in moderately intense cardio exercise that lasts at least 30 minutes on the majority of the days a week. Example of exercises include brisk walking, jogging, aerobic classes, tennis, and swimming. Pick the activity you will enjoy and stick with it.

Exercise helps benefit people with type 2 diabetes by:

  • Improving insulin sensitivity making it easier for the sugar to enter the cell and to be used as energy.
  • Possibly improving nerve problems and increasing circulation and coordination that can effect arms, legs, hands and also feet.
  • Reducing cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and stroke.
  • Minimizing the need for medication

Exercise is an important factor to manage type 2 diabetes. Body Right Fitness suggest that making healthy food choices will help you keep your blood sugar levels in the target range. We also recommend that you check with your doctor before starting an exercise program and the doctor will inform you on other safety precautions.