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What types of exercises are recommended for people with diabetes?

Exercise is an essential part of managing diabetes as it can improve your body's sensitivity to insulin and help manage your blood glucose levels.

A mix of different types of exercises is generally recommended. These include:

  • Aerobic exercises: such as walking, cycling, or swimming, which can help improve heart health and lower blood glucose levels.

  • Resistance training: like weight lifting or body-weight exercises, which can improve muscular strength, balance, and insulin sensitivity.

  • Flexibility exercises or yoga, which can help maintain joint mobility and reduce stress.

Always remember to start slow, gradually increase your activity level, and consider any other health conditions you may have.

It's also important to monitor your blood glucose levels before and after exercise to prevent hypoglycemia.


  • Mayo Clinic. (2019). "Exercise: A drug-free approach to lowering high blood pressure."

  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. (2016). "The Benefits of Physical Activity."

  • Harvard Health Publishing. (2015). "Yoga for balance and strength."

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