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What does exercise really do for a person who has diabetes besides maintain your weight? I do cardio 3x a week and strength training 2x a week.

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Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Quite a lot

There's a common mantra among physicians that "exercise equals insulin.
" muscles use glucose to generate energy used to contract, burning glycogen stores, and drawing glucose out of the blood. This allows the body to maintain blood glucose levels without adding insulin. It promotes weight loss, further reducing Insulin resistance. Maintaining normal glucose protects the eyes, kidneys and nerves.

In brief: Quite a lot

There's a common mantra among physicians that "exercise equals insulin.
" muscles use glucose to generate energy used to contract, burning glycogen stores, and drawing glucose out of the blood. This allows the body to maintain blood glucose levels without adding insulin. It promotes weight loss, further reducing Insulin resistance. Maintaining normal glucose protects the eyes, kidneys and nerves.
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Exercise & diabetes

Maintaining healthy weight is definitely one of the most important things in the management of type 2 diabetes.
In addition, exercise makes your body more sensitive to insulin, possibly reducing the need for medications and insulin. It is beneficial for your cardiovascular health, lowering blood pressure, lowering bad cholesterol, increasing good cholesterol, decreasing stress and improving mood.

In brief: Exercise & diabetes

Maintaining healthy weight is definitely one of the most important things in the management of type 2 diabetes.
In addition, exercise makes your body more sensitive to insulin, possibly reducing the need for medications and insulin. It is beneficial for your cardiovascular health, lowering blood pressure, lowering bad cholesterol, increasing good cholesterol, decreasing stress and improving mood.
Dr. Michio Abe
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Dr. Quang Nguyen
great answer. couldn't have said it better.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
muscles utilize circulating glucose more efficiently, too
David Miller
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Heart Health

Diabetes is a risk factor for heart disease.
Aerobic exercise is very important to help counter this risk factor and maintain a healthy heart. Keep up the good work and wishing you'all the best.

In brief: Heart Health

Diabetes is a risk factor for heart disease.
Aerobic exercise is very important to help counter this risk factor and maintain a healthy heart. Keep up the good work and wishing you'all the best.
David Miller
David Miller
Answer assisted by David Miller, Medical Student
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
Great answer. Wishing you'all the best.
Dr. Michael Jones
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Numerous

Cardiovascular fitness in general and cardiac protection from diabetes in particular, psychological well-being, blood pressure control, cholesterol improvement, increased Insulin receptor sensitivity, improved glycemic control.
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In brief: Numerous

Cardiovascular fitness in general and cardiac protection from diabetes in particular, psychological well-being, blood pressure control, cholesterol improvement, increased Insulin receptor sensitivity, improved glycemic control.
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