What’s the Best Exercise For Type 2 Diabetics?

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We’ve all heard it time and time again– exercise is an essential part of staying healthy. And if you have diabetes, you’ve probably heard it more than most.

Why?

Because it’s an excellent way to keep your blood sugar levels balanced. Additionally, exercise is a great way to manage weight, stave off depression, and does wonders to combat cognitive decline. And you don’t need to be a super athlete to reap the rewards. The American Diabetes Association recommends at least 30 minutes a day, at least 3 times a week.

Think you don’t have time for working out? What about just 10 minutes a few times a day? That 30 minutes can be chunked into increments of 10 minutes, or more.

But what kind of exercise is best for people with type 2 diabetes? Aerobics or resistance training?

Both! A study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine shows that aerobic exercise such as running, biking, and walking combined with weightlifting lowers glucose levels in those with Type 2 diabetes — and also reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Take a look at the video below to learn more!

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L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.