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Exercise and Diabetes

Exercise and Diabetes
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Regular exercise may help you improve diabetes control

Exercise is like taking a diabetes pill. When you exercise, you burn up the glucose in your blood and your blood sugar levels drop. Isn’t that great?

Your body is like a car. A car needs fuel to move, and your cells burn up the glucose in your blood, which is their fuel, whenever you do any physical activity. This is the way exercise lowers your blood glucose levels.

Exercise also helps your cells be more sensitive to the action of insulin, which is produced by the pancreas. Normally, when the pancreas releases insulin, the insulin links to certain receptors in your liver, fat and liver cells that function like doormen to let glucose come in and be converted into energy or be stored as fat. Exercise helps these receptors work properly and allow glucose to enter your cells.

Other benefits of exercise are:

·  Improve the function of your cardiovascular system.

·  Reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL).

·  Help insulin work well.

·  Help you control your weight.

·  Decrease your stress level.

·  Increase your general sense of well-being.

Find out how you can take advantage of the benefits of exercise to help you live well with diabetes.