As few as 39% of people with type 2 diabetes exercise regularly, even though exercise has been proven to help control diabetes and reduce the risk of diabetes complications such as heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, and nerve problems.

Exercise, along with proper diet and medication when prescribed, can help control your weight

Your diabetes health care team can help create an exercise program that is safe and effective for you. Try and find physical activities that you like. Besides the typical running and biking, you can try dancing, swimming, rollerblading, etc.

Exercise can help control type 2 diabetes by:

  • Improving your body's use of insulin
  • Burning excess body fat, helping to decrease and control weight (decreased body fat results in improved insulin sensitivity)
  • Improving muscle strength
  • Increasing bone density and strength
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Helping to protect against heart and blood vessel disease by lowering 'bad' LDL cholesterol
  • Improving blood circulation and reducing your risk of heart disease
  • Increasing energy level and enhancing work capacity
  • Reducing stress, promoting relaxation, and releasing tension and anxiety