Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can result in a build up of blood glucose levels if not managed correctly, which can cause damage to many body organs including kidneys, eyes and heart.
Of all diabetics, between 85-90% have type 2. This results from many factors, most commonly including obesity, insufficient activity and poor diet, which can be referred to as lifestyle factors.
How can exercise help?
Exercise can help people with diabetes by:
- Increasing glucose uptake into muscles to assist regulation of blood glucose both during and hours post exercise completion
- Weight management
- Reduction of associated risk factors (i.e. kidney, eye or heart issues)
- In type 2 diabetics, exercise can even help to reduce medication use, and result in lifestyle management being the only form of treatment.