What Part Does Exercise Play in Controlling Your Diabetes?

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Old 02-17-2017, 19:57   #1
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A major clinical study called the Diabetes Prevention Program studied people at risk for diabetes. It showed that lifestyle changes involving 150 minutes of exercise per week decreased the risk of progressing to type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. healthline.com
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Exercise Makes It Easier to Control Your Diabetes. When you have type 2 diabetes, physical activity is an important component of your treatment plan. ...Exercise has so many benefits, but the biggest one is that it makes it easier to control your blood glucose (blood sugar) level. endocrineweb.com
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Diabetes and exercise go hand in hand, at least when it comes to managing your diabetes. Exercise can help you improve your blood sugar control, boost your overall fitness, and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. mayoclinic.org

What part (for you) does exercise play in controlling your diabetes?

How important is fitness to you? Why?

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For me, it's about focusing on the whole picture, which includes me wanting to be able to be able to do the things I enjoy doing, especially camping and hiking. Right now, I am just walking every day (which does seem to help my blood sugar levels) but I want to start some strength training soon, and I am seriously considering riding bike again - I haven't done it since childhood.

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None. Diet is the only thing that keeps me on track. I try to stay at least moderately active usually meaning at least a few thousand steps in a day. I'd love to work on muscle tone and get stronger, but it doesn't fit my timetable right now and in any case has nothing to do with living with diabetes for me. Maybe at some point.

Anecdotally, it always seems like the really long-lived folks (100 years plus) were those who were always calm and sat on the porch a lot - not those who huffed and puffed around the block or the gym all the time.

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I used to play tennis but as my blood sugar became more unstable, I had to stop. Then the rheumatoid arthritis started up which has prevented me from doing my usual weight lifting for the past year.

I moved to a new house last year and am right next to a nice gym with an indoor swimming pool and tennis court. I'm working with a rheumatologist to get the right combo of meds so I can use my hands again. In the meantime, I am walking and swimming so that I'm ready to go at it again once my hands are usable.

When I do workout, it really mucks with my blood sugar. Having an insulin pump, and being able to both suspend my basal before cardio or do a quick correction after lifting weights has made playing around much easier. The real test will be when I start up tennis again, hopefully this summer.

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For me it mostly helps lower my numbers. Especially when I get off track....however, sometimes it raises my numbers....... as usual I am confused!

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I know exercise played a big part in managing my diabetes. I lost a lot of weight in just 3 months in 2010 and have never looked back.

Although this approach doesn't work for all it has for me, so much so that my local health care team have signed me off from yearly check ups.

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I'm still figuring that out.

I know that my 2hr poke number is higher when I don't move much after a meal. Even just doing housework is enough to make the numbers stay even or go down.

But I've also learned that heavy exercise -- there's one place I volunteer where my job was moving a few thousand pounds of stuff over a couple of hours -- will leave me with a higher BG reading than when I started. So I have to find a middle ground.

The other consideration for me is that "motion is lotion". Keeping moving, even if it's not strenuous, makes it easier to -- umm -- keep moving. It hurts less. I can do more. I want to do more.

Exercise does not have to mean anything specific. I can lift weights -- or boxes of food at the food bank. I can walk the neighborhood -- or go folk dancing. The result is the same. If I have fun and feel accomplished while I do it, so much the better.

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This is the next thing I will be testing.

Although my morning fasting numbers are still lower than they used to be, it is the one number I am still not pleased with.

I noticed when I was camping for a week recently, that my morning numbers were very nice. Since my eating habits didn't change while camping, that leaves 2 things to test. (1) reduced stress (2) I was much more active while camping.

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I only go walking at the moment, but always make sure I have my neckless with me! Which I got from just incase there are any complications.

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For me exercise is everything and to put it in perspective my non-active days are likely more active than most people's active days.
I can't prove it as we would need two of me - one active and one not - so I will use the word "Believe". I believe one of the reasons why I have escaped complications over the years is because I've been extremely active all my life and aside when I was a "new" dad where I hit the 220 pound mark for 6 months my eating habits have traditionally been low carb high protein.
But here again, this is more of a belief and than a fact. I can't really prove it.

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