Benefits of Exercise

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Exercising 4–7 times per week for at least 30 minutes:

  • lowers your blood sugar
  • improves insulin sensitivity
  • lowers your risk for heart disease
  • reduces stress
Aerobic exercise, 4 to 7 times per week for at least 30 minutes, has a long list of health benefits. A few examples of aerobic exercise are brisk walking, swimming, cycling and dancing.

Some of the benefits of exercise are:

  • Usually lowers your blood sugar.
  • Improves insulin sensitivity, which means your body’s insulin works better. Note: You may need an adjustment in your diabetes medication or insulin dose to help prevent the blood sugar from going too low. Ask your health care provider for advice.
  • Reduces body fat.
  • Helps to build and tone muscles.
  • Lowers your risk for heart disease.
  • Improves circulation.
  • Preserves bone mass.
  • Reduces stress and enhances quality of life.

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