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Benefits of Exercise

Physical activity can help you to fight and manage your diabetes. Getting at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five days a week, can:

  • Lower your blood glucose (sugar)
  • Lower your blood pressure to help your heart pump stronger
  • Raise good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL)
  • Reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke
  • Relieve stress and anxiety so you can cope better with problems
  • Increase your energy so you feel better
  • Strengthen your heart, muscles, and bones
  • Help your insulin to work better
  • Improve your blood circulation and keep your joints flexible
  • Help you to reach your target weight and maintain it
  • Lower your risk or delay other health problems

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created Be Active Your Way: A Guide for Adults [PDF Version - 1.10 MB ] aged 18 to 64 years. In the guide, you can read how you can fit physical activity into your life-your way. It can help you decide the number of days, types of activities, and times that fit your schedule.

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