Exercise is good for everyone. But it can be especially good for people with diabetes. It can reduce stress, increase your energy, and just make you feel better. When you exercise, movement becomes easier and your muscles are strengthened. It’s also a good way to manage your blood pressure and blood fats (lipids). If you are insulin resistant, it may even make your insulin work better.
Before you begin
- Have a medical checkup. This is especially important if you are 35 or older. It is also important if you have any health problems besides diabetes.
- Talk with your healthcare team about an exercise plan that is right for you. Since exercise can lower blood sugar (glucose), you may need to change food choices, medicine doses, or timing.