Many people are of the opinion that popping in a pill or taking a shot of insulin along with a sugar free diet can help to get over diabetes. However this is just a superficial approach and exercise could do a lot in getting over or controlling diabetic symptoms. Yes, you are right in thinking that if you are a diabetic it is time you put on your pair of walking shoes and had a healthy and balanced diet to get over diabetes.
It is very essential that one start doing exercises for about three to four times in a week. It is also essential that one do the exercise at the same time and for the same duration, which may vary from thirty to forty five minutes a time. Regular exercise helps to burn calories and helps to lose weight as well as maintain a healthy weight. It also helps to help the body to respond better to insulin, which plays an active part in controlling glucose in the blood. This could also help to reduce the glucose in the blood and play a vital part in reducing the medication one takes everyday. Some have also been able to eliminate the medications totally also.
Improvement of blood circulation in the legs and arms is another important advantage of doing exercise regularly. These extremes happen to be the most affected parts of a diabetic’s body. In addition it helps to control cholesterol and ones high blood pressure. Hence it plays an important role in the control of heart attack and strokes. It is however important to note that exercise helps one to reduce stress, which plays a vital role in increase of blood glucose condition and aggravates one’s diabetic symptoms. In many cases Type 2 diabetes can be easily controlled with an effective exercise and meal plan.
Make it a general rule to talk to your family physician or specialist before you start an exercising. They are the best people who know your condition and will be in a position to help you regarding the type of exercises you should do, the complications you can expect and the appropriate action that has to be taken.
It is best to take a snack if you plan to exercise for more than an hour after a meal. This snack could be anything like a few ounces of fruit juice or say half as bagel. A heavier form of exercise like running may require you to have a meat sandwich or a cup of milk. If it has been long since you have eaten something or your blood sugar is as less as 100 or 120, it would be best to have something like an apple or a glass of milk.
In addition it is good to carry a snack with you in case of an emergency. Having something like raisins or candy on hand to raise your blood glucose level. Those having insulin are advised to do exercise after a meal only. Make it a rule to never exercise when your sugar level goes above 240.
A word of caution for those who have a sugar level above 300mg/dl. In such cases one may feel sick, out of breath, may have ketones in the urine and tingling and numbness symptoms on ones legs. Never exercise at such times and when the doctor has advised more medications.
To conclude, exercise does help one to get over diabetes, provided one takes precautions and consults the doctor before exercising.