The Importance of Exercise To Beat Type 2 Diabetes and The Symptoms of Diabetes

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Most of us spend our workdays seating in front of a computer, get home to spend more hours sitting in front of a TV and wonder why we have health issues. This sedentary lifestyle is one of the main areas wreaking havoc on our health and increasing the risk of developing various illnesses including type 2 diabetes and the symptoms of diabetes. The good news is that even making small changes can make a huge impact in the fight against Type 2 diabetes.

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The Importance of Exercise To Beat Type 2 Diabetes and The Symptoms of Diabetes

  1. 1. The Importance of Exercise ToBeat Type 2 Diabetes and The Symptoms of Diabetes By Terry Robbins
  2. 2. IntroductionMost of us spend our workdays seating in front of a computer, gethome to spend more hours sitting in front of a TV and wonder whywe have health issues. This sedentary lifestyle is one of the mainareas wreaking havoc on our health and increasing the risk ofdeveloping various illnesses including type 2 diabetes and thesymptoms of diabetes. The good news is that even making smallchanges can make a huge impact in the fight against Type 2diabetes.
  3. 3. Type 2 DiabetesType 2 diabetes has generally been classified as adult onsetdiabetes unlike Type 1 diabetes which usually begins in childhoodand requires a lifetime of insulin injections. The alarming fact abouttype 2 diabetes is that it has started showing up in younger andyounger people including children especially in the past decade asthis type of diabetes has become an epidemic mainly due to foodchoices as well as sedentary lifestyles.Being overweight without a doubt increases the risk of developingType 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes and the symptoms of diabetesrelated to this type are affected more positively by making positivechanges in diet and including physical activity.
  4. 4. What Is Diabetes?When food is consumed especially carbohydrates, the bodyconverts the carbs into glucose which represents the simplest formof sugar. This glucose is then placed in the blood stream and mustbe removed and distributed to the various body cells that need thisglucose for energy. The pancreas produces insulin which isresponsible for removing this glucose from the blood anddistributing it to the cells. When there are problems with insulin, thisglucose cannot be removed from the blood and distributed to thecells and is instead secreted through urine thereby starving the cellsof needed fuel and leading to the various symptoms of diabetes aswell as diabetes related complications that may prove fatal.With Type 1 diabetes, through a defect of unknown origin, thepancreas does not produce any insulin or too little insulin whichmakes this type insulin dependent through the daily injections ofinsulin in order for the diabetic to survive.
  5. 5. What Is Diabetes? Cont.With Type 2 diabetes, the body may produce too little or may ignorethe insulin produced for various reasons one of which is having toomany fat cells in the body due to obesity leading to a resistance toinsulin and the various symptoms of diabetes. This type of diabetesis not insulin dependent but serious cases may require some insulininjections or need diabetes medication.While Type 1 diabetes is usually a lifelong illness, making importantchanges with diet and exercise can not only help with Type 2diabetes management but in some cases may cure this diabetesand the various symptoms of diabetes. The vast majority of Type 2diabetes cases have been identified as being overweight and obeseso it cannot be a coincidence that they suffer from this disease.
  6. 6. Exercise And Type 2 DiabetesRegular exercise is necessary to maintain ones health andwellbeing. It strengthens the bones, tones up the heart and variousother muscles, lowers blood pressure, helps raise good cholesterollevels (HDL), increases levels of endurance, helps to relieve stress,aids in weight management, strengthens the respiratory system,leads to feeling of achievement on completion of the workout, etc.Another of the important benefits especially for a diabetic is thatexercise promotes the movement of blood sugars from thebloodstream to the cells that need this source of energy. It alsoimproves the ability of the cells to respond to insulin which meansthat their need for insulin is decreased since the cells become moreefficient with regular exercise. With all these benefits, it makes nosense to not incorporate exercise into ones life.
  7. 7. Changing Habits To Beat Type 2 DiabetesGoing from a sedentary lifestyle to an active lifestyle can be one ofthe hardest things to do even if your body demands it. You have todetermine for yourself what your focus is going to be and live withyour decision. If your focus is the pain or discomfort of exercise ornot believing that it will work for you, the joy of being a couch potatoand not exerting yourself, you will not be motivated to workout. Ifyou change your focus to health and the many benefits of exerciseand the sense of achievement you will have when you beatdiabetes or other illnesses, you will make the decision to workoutand stick to this decision even when you just want to sit in front ofthe TV and eat.
  8. 8. Helpful Tips To Make Exercise Work For You● Start small and set realistic goals. If it has been a while since you have worked out, start by doing ten minutes and keep building upon this as you get used to the exercise and as your endurance levels increase.● Start with a simple walk which is one activity that is considered ideal for diabetics. Do not make excuses about not being able to afford gym membership or being embarrassed about being around other people in a gym setting. Everyone can walk around the neighborhood or during a lunch break, etc.● Exercise should ideally be for at least 30 minutes in order to reap any benefits so take your time to build up to this.● The many positive benefits of exercise last for only a couple of days at most so you should try to exercise at least every other day.● Remember to stay hydrated which is a problem for many diabetics.
  9. 9. Helpful Tips To Make Exercise Work For You cont.Do remember as a diabetic that you must first get the go ahead from yourdoctor before beginning any exercise regimen so that you avoid doingtoo much too soon or doing the wrong exercise. Not all exercise issuitable for diabetics. For instance, one of the symptoms of diabetes isneuropathy which means numbness in the nerves especially those in thelegs and feet. Warning signs of this condition may include tingling,numbness, burning or pain in the legs and feet. For someone who isdealing with this, jogging may not be advisable and he or she will need tofind another form of exercise under the guidance of a doctor.
  10. 10. ConclusionMaintaining healthy blood sugar levels is important for someone withdiabetes and exercise will be especially beneficial for someone with Type 2diabetes who is experiencing the various symptoms of diabetes or forsomeone who is at risk of developing this condition. Visithttp://www.squidoo.com/treatment_for_diabetes_reverse_symtoms_naturallyfor important diabetes resources that will help you not only manage thisdisease but cure diabetes!

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