Exercise Proven to Help Type 2 Diabetics Manage Their Diabetes
Aerobic exercise is important for everyone whether they have diabetes or not. However, new research has proven that type 2 diabetics can benefit tremendously from aerobic exercise. Exercise not only helps people lose unwanted weight but it releases hormones into the bloodstream that some diabetics with limited mobility, other health conditions and a sedentary lifestyle do not reap the benefits of the feel good hormones.
Exercise & Safety
Under the new guidelines provided by the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) and the American Diabetes Association, the specific guidelines for diabetics include 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week. The exercise days need to be spread out throughout the week, three days a week and with no more than two days in a row of aerobic exercise. The exercise routine should be moderate to vigorous however, low impact can also be beneficial especially if the diabetic is “new” to exercising or has other health conditions that may cause limitations.
Doctors Need to Prescribe Exercise
In a survey, it was found that many doctors are reluctant to encourage exercise for their type 2 diabetic patients. Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D., FACSM, states the majority of people with type 2 diabetes can exercise safely, as long as certain precautions are taken. The presence of diabetes complications should not be used as an excuse to avoid participation in physical activity."