Regular exercise is better than any medicine at reducing your risk of many serious medical problems – these include some cancers and heart disease as well as helping you have much better control of blood glucose levels, weight, cholesterol and blood pressure all of which are important in reducing the risks of long-term complications caused by diabetes. Exercise is inexpensive and safe from side effects provided you follow our advice at Excarbs.com.
“If exercise were a pill it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented”
According to the NHS it is medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have:
- up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
- up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
- up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
- a 30% lower risk of early death
- up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
- up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
- a 30% lower risk of falls
- up to a 30% lower risk of depression
- up to a 30% lower risk of dementia
The bottom line?
Here we are talking about exercise that means you are working hard enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat. Recommended levels are:
- Young people – 60 minutes each day
- Adults – 150 minutes every week
As well as helping you to keep healthy exercise can be fun so let’s get going!
Our aim at Excarbs.com is to help people with diabetes using insulin to feel comfortable with taking up exercise – our advice is not aimed at elite athletes but hopefully covers the basic rules for most people living with diabetes.
Remember that if exercise is sustained you will become much more sensitive to the effect of insulin and the dose needed will fall which is a really good result!