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Why Exercise is so Important
According to the American Diabetes Association, Exercise is beneficial to the health of people with both types of diabetes. First, exercise can take some glucose out of the blood to use for energy during and after exercise, which lowers blood glucose levels. Second, it helps delay or stop large blood vessel and heart (cardiovascular) disease. Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of people with diabetes. All people with diabetes should exercise to counteract their increased risk of cardiovascular disease, to reach and maintain a healthy weight, and to enjoy themselves. An additional benefit for many people with diabetes is that exercise, and a healthy diet can help them achieve good blood glucose control.

Millions of Americans at high risk for type 2 diabetes can dramatically lower their chances of getting the disease through diet and exercise, according to a nationwide study at Johns Hopkins and 26 other medical centers.
"This is the first major trial to show that diet and exercise can effectively delay diabetes in a diverse American population," says Christopher D. Saudek, M.D., director of The Johns Hopkins Diabetes Center and president of the American Diabetes Association.

Increasing your physical activity is one of the most helpful things you can do for yourself, especially if you have diabetes. This doesn't necessarily mean joining a health club, you can make a significant difference by simply adding daily routines to boost your activity level.

According to diabetes expert Dr. Loren Wissner-Greene, a professor of endocrinology at New York University Medical Center, "Type II diabetes can be prevented, and the tools (diet & exercise) are available to everyone."

The benefits of 30-minutes of exercise, five days a week include:

Increased metabolism and muscle mass (which allows you to burn extra calories even when you are not exercising)

Increased glucose uptake

Lower blood glucose levels (which can help reduce or even eliminate your need for diabetes medication)

Improved response to insulin

Boost your ability to lose weight effectively and keep it off

Lower cholesterol and reduce blood pressure

Improve circulation

Reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke ... the leading causes of death for people with diabetes
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