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If You Don’t Prevent Hypoglycemia Using Fitness Exercises Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later

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31 March 2010, Comments: 2

We absolutely love having guest bloggers drop by. Su Rollins pinged us to share her article about the most common questions related to diabetes and hypoglycemia prevention as well. Article below, thanks Su!

If You Don’t Prevent Hypoglycemia Using Fitness Exercises Now, You’ll hate Yourself Later

What effect does exercise have on glucose levels?

You can easily manage diabetes if you engage in an exercise program for it. This is because exercise has a great effect for the glucose levels of those who are suffering from Type 2 diabetes. Take for example, energy that is found in your muscles are channeled when you exercise and converts it into glucose. This glucose is then expended. At the start, the body only utilizes the glucose (which is converted through the muscles’ glycogen).This glucose is traced from one’s blood stream. As soon as you engage in a long term exercise routine, your body will adjust and prevent your glucose levels from dipping too low. Aside from this, there are also some additional hormones as well as glucagon that gets released. These all work in order to break down all of the stored fat located in your liver, thereby converting it into more glucose. Make it a point to exercise all the time, because then your body will improve a lot and get more sensitive to your insulin. Aside from this, you will also attain a much better sense of control on your glycemic index.

Why is the effect of exercise on glucose levels important to those with type 2 diabetes?

Some studies demonstrate that patients with diabetes who exercise regularly have better glycemic control compared to those who do not. As insulin sensitivity improves with exercise, patients may need less medication to control blood sugar levels. People with type 2 diabetes are particularly at risk for exercise-induced hypoglycemia during and after exercise. However, some patients with poorly controlled diabetes are at risk for hyperglycemia.

Should patients with type 2 diabetes exercise more often or differently than otherwise healthy people?

Be cautioned that there are some patients of type 2 diabetes that are at risk for developing hypoglycemia. This might be because of exercise. Sometimes, stress happens during and also after exercise, which triggers the hypoglycemia. However, if you think about it people who also have less control over their diabetes can also be at risk for developing hyperglycemia. Professionals recommend around two hours and thirty minutes’ worth of moderate aerobic exercise for those who have type 2 diabetes, or ninety minutes of vigorous exercise several times a week.

What type of exercise is best for type 2 diabetes patients?

Many experts recommend around two hours and thirty minutes of exercise three days each week for moderate aerobic activity. You could also do ninety minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise. Truthfully, the different types of exercise are not the issue as the length of time one spends exercising. Studies show that engaging in both aerobic exercise and weight training gives you more benefits in the end.

When should patients be discouraged from exercising?

Of course, sometimes patients should not engage in vigorous exercise especially when they have cardiac conditions or they are more prone to developing injuries as a result. It is better if they start of slow and get used to a light intensity program instead.

How might a patient be encouraged to exercise?

Encourage patients to start with small changes to their normal routine, like taking the stairs and not the elevator. Suggest activities that the patient finds enjoyable and convenient. Participation in several different activities may keep patients from becoming bored and losing interest. Having a partner or personal trainer can also help patients stay motivated.

About the Author:

Su Rollins writes for the Hypoglycemic Diet Blog, her personal hobby blog focused on tips to prevent and cure hypoglycemia using the right diet and nutrition.

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2 responses on “If You Don’t Prevent Hypoglycemia Using Fitness Exercises Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later

  1. ritu says:

    Great post Su. Thanks for sharing. Diabetes and Pre Diabetes are all too common these days and its important for individuals and trainers to know the impact of excercise on these conditions!

  2. James Reno says:

    Thank you Su. I have indeed gotten off my type 2 medication through nutrition and daily exercies. It works!
    James Reno
    Raw-Food-Repair.com

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