Diabetes: Lose weight and use exercise to control Type 2 Diabetes

Regular exercise stimulates and improves the cells ability to take in sugar, thus lowering your blood sugar level. Regular exercise such as walking or running will also help you to lose weight, decreasing the amount of insulin needed to keep your blood sugar level in the normal range. You can control adult onset or Type 2 diabetes.

According to Finnish Researchers

Changes in eating and exercise habits significantly reduce the risk of developing diabetes. Lose ten pounds, and exercise 5 times a week for 30 minutes and even glucose intolerant people reduce full-blown diabetes by 58 percent. Per National Public Health Institute in Helsinski, summer 2,000.

Adult onset or type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes messes with the way your body utilizes sugar. 
Type 2 diabetes, or non-insulin-dependent diabetes, or adult onset diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes affects about 90 percent of the 15 million Americans who are
afflicted with diabetes. 
Mostly the over 45s, overweight and inactive people. Type 2 diabetes runs in
families too. Half the Americans who have diabetes may not know it! 
In type 2 diabetes, your body either makes insufficient insulin, or your body can't
use the insulin very well. With either scenario, your body canít move blood sugar
into the cells. Blood sugar levels rise. 
Signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes
Most people experience:
increased thirst
increased need to urinate
feel anxious
an increased appetite yet lose weight.
slow healing infections of the skin, gums, vagina, or bladder. 
blurred vision. 
tingling or loss of feeling in the hands or feet. 
dry, itchy skin. 
Coping with type 2 diabetes
Follow a diabetes treatment plan to keep your blood-sugar levels as normal as
Your health care practitioner will show you a daily treatment plan which should
include a healthy balanced diet, plus regular exercise. 
Lose enough weight and do enough exercise and you can control type 2
diabetes. You may need pills or insulin shots early on...as you get healthier,
many of you can stop the shots, and decrease reliance on those pills. Donít
make changes without an OK from your health care advisor. 
Blood sugar checks will guide treatment changes. 

According to the American Diabetes Association

Diabetes can cause problems with the kidneys, legs and feet, eyes, heart,
nerves, and blood flow. If left untreated, these problems can lead to kidney
failure, gangrene and amputation, blindness, or stroke. Many experts believe
that good blood-sugar control may help prevent these problems. 
Diabetes should not be too much trouble if you follow your treatment plan and: 
Follow a healthy diet. 
Control your weight. 
Exercise regularly. 
Have regular checkups. 
Do not smoke. 	

American Diabetic Association sources
diabetes.com exercise connection page
Diabetes Well
Nine other reasons to exercise
More health and fitness topics from author and Registered Nurse David Holt
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