Diabetes and Exercise


Exercise helps blood sugar control


People with diabetes are encouraged to exercise regularly for better blood sugar control and to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. The reason for this is that muscles which are working use more glucose than those that are resting.

Muscle movement leads to greater sugar uptake by muscle cells and lower blood sugar levels.

Keeping Active with Diabetes

Keeping active is important for people who have or are at risk of diabetes


Keeping active is an important part of one's lifestyle, and particularly for those who either have or are at risk of diabetes.

Even a little extra activity can have a lot of benefits, such as improving insulin sensitivity, improving your feeling of well being, controlling your weight, reducing risks of cancer and heart problems and helping strengthen bones as well as muscles.

How much activity should I be doing?

Any extra activity you can fit into your day is a plus. The minimum recommended level of activity is 30 minutes at least 5 days a week.

What counts as activity?

Activity counts as anything that will up your heart rate a little.

This could include any of the following:

  • a brisk walk
  • climbing flights of stairs
  • shopping (not internet shopping though!)
  • gardening
  • housework
  • DIY
  • dancing
  • yoga, pilates, tai chi
  • active sports


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