Glucose Control in Diabetes. What Affects Glucose in the Blood? Part 3 – Exercise
Everyone needs to be physically active. It is very simple truth. Human body is a very sophisticated machine which can easily shut down unused parts to preserve resources. If you don’t use your muscles the body loose justification to maintain it and simply disassemble them down to the required level. To have a good overall health we are absolutely must exercise on regular basis, diabetes or no diabetes. Doesn’t matter which type of diabetes person have, exercise have many positive benefits including prevention of heart disease and cancer. Would you like to look at my advertisement section to the right from article? 🙂 Thank you!
Internally, exercise improves blood flow and muscle tone. Externally, it makes you look and feel good. Exercise is a good relieve for stress. Aerobic exercise – like walking, jogging, dancing, going up and down the stairs, etc. – makes heart pump harder and gets the blood flowing through even smallest blood vessels. It gives lungs an especially good workout. In people with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes aerobic exercise helps prevent foot problems and overall circulation problems. Arguably the best all-round exercise for people with diabetes is walking ank hiking. Everybody can do it.
Exercise has another bonus for people with diabetes. It makes muscles and other tissue more sensitive to insulin, so less insulin is needed to move glucose out of the blood and into muscle cells. With exercise muscles work harder and use up their glucose stores for fuel and when the glucose stored in muscles runs low, glucose from the bloodstream is used. Like this exercise helps to use up some glucose that builds up in the bloodstream. If you exercise regularly, you may be able to eat a little bit more food or inject a little bit less insulin. Some people with type 2 diabetes find that they no longer have to take insulin or oral diabetes drugs once they start a regular exercise program and stay on it.
Special precautions are called for when the person with diabetes exercise. Make sure that your blood glucose levels don’t drop too far too fast. This is more important for people with type 1 diabetes. Sharp drop in blood glucose levels can happen in the hours after exercise. This is when muscles take glucose from the blood to restore their glucose reserves. It is a very good idea to check blood glucode levels several hours after exercise.
On the other hand, if your blood glucose levels are too high – over 250 mg/dl – while you exercise, it can be dangerous. In this case exercise can cause blood sugar level to rise rather than drop because exercise with too little insulin can trigger the liver release stored glucose.
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