Fitness Tip

Exercise Helps Manage Type- 2 Diabetes


Research conducted over the past eight years has shown that regular exercise not only improves heart health for the 20 million Americans with Type-2 diabetes, but it may help them live longer, as well.  Studies found that Type-2 diabetics who did not exercise were more than twice as likely to die, during a 12-year period, than were their more active, physically fit counterparts.  According to Barry J Goldstein MD, director of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolic Disorders at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, exercise helps manage Type-2 diabetes when people have it, and clearly prevents it from happening to people at high risk for the disease.

Type-2 diabetes occurs when the body misuses insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas for blood sugar regulation. Elevated blood sugar leads to all sorts of problems, including weight gain, cardiovascular disorders, and blood pressure issues.  High glucose levels damage blood vessels, making the walls thicker and less elastic. Blood flow becomes more difficult. People with Type-2 diabetes tend to have elevated levels of fat in their blood. These fats or “lipids” clog and narrow the blood vessels, as well.  Years of inadequate glucose management raise havoc with the health of a Type-2 diabetic. 

Exercise is such an important part of treating Type 2 diabetes. It is a key factor in managing glucose efficiently. Leading a sedentary lifestyle is one of the major risk factors for developing Type-2 diabetes.  The high incidence of obesity and overweight among people with Type-2 is correlated with inactivity.  A good exercise program can improve Body Mass Index and consequently decrease the insulin resistance of a Type-2 diabetic. Many of our Daily Fitness clients who experience Type-2 diabetes, or are headed in that direction, see a big improvement in their health through exercise. Getting started is often the hardest part.  Personal trainers can help with that.  They design programs that address needs, goals and medical issues, and teach clients how to exercise safely and effectively. If you would like to find out more about the services offered through Daily Fitness personal trainers, call 623-256-7901.