Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body’s inability to produce any or enough insulin causes elevated levels of glucose in the blood. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy, and those with diabetes have problems metabolizing it.
When someone is diabetic, the pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, does not produce enough insulin, which is what helps glucose get into the cells of our bodies. Diabetes can also interfere with your body’s ability to fight infection. Therefore, exercise is crucial in helping keep your immune system healthy and help prevent other diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and strokes.
If you have diabetes or have a family history of diabetes, and would like to prevent it from developing, physical activity is crucial. It is also important to maintain your blood glucose levels with a healthy meal plan and lifestyle. Exercising has many benefits, which include:
- Lowers blood pressure
- Controls weight and keeps weight down
- Increased level of good cholesterol (HDL)
- Leaner, stronger muscles
- Stronger bones
- More energy
- Improved mood
- Better sleep
- Stress management
Walking is the best medicine and form of exercise to prevent diabetes. Research has shown that walking can dramatically boost energy levels, burn fat, and protects your heart. In other words, if you have high blood sugar, or if you have been diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes, walking can be a lifesaver. An active lifestyle can help perpetuate a total body wellness, where more of a focus goes towards diet and exercise.
Obesity is an epidemic that affects more than 35 percent of people in the United States, and is one of the biggest factors leading to type-2 diabetes. Walking shrinks your abdominal fat, reducing your risk of diabetes. Excess fat around your abdomen causes inflammation in cells, making them even more resistant to insulin, a hormone that controls blood sugar; this increases your odds of developing the disease. According to everydayhealth.com, walking for 30 minutes a day, can reduce your risk of diabetes by 30 percent.
To learn more about how regular exercise and activity can help prevent diabetes, call Advanced Medical PA at (561) 434-1935 to request an appointment, or request one online.