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Type 2 Diabetes

Physical activity in any shape or form plays a major part of the way you take control and manage your diabetes.

Whether you're on the dance floor, walking two miles home rather than taking the bus, or playing as a striker for your local football team - you are essentially doing the same thing. You burn calories and use up glucose in your body.

Physical activity helps to lower blood glucose levels because when you're active, your muscles take up glucose from the bloodstream for energy. This helps you control your diabetes and being physically active helps you control your weight. If you are diabetic, you may also have a greater risk of developing heart disease or stroke and being physically active can reduce your chance of developing the condition.

Do I need to do anything before I start increasing my activity levels?

Before you start an activity regime, you need to check with your GP or health team as exercise will affect your blood glucose level. You may have to adjust your insulin treatment or diet plan to keep your blood glucose level steady; or it could be that certain types of activity aren't suitable for you at the moment because of other health conditions.

For more information on being active with diabetes see external links.


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Fact Zone

The potential benefits of physical activity to health are huge. If a medication existed which had a similar effect, it would be regarded as a wonder drug" or "miracle cure". - Sir Liam Donaldson, Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer, 2009


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