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Is Walking Good For Diabetes?

September 13, 2019


Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com,
researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, is
walking good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you
download my free diabetes management book which also includes a diabetes grocery shopping
guide (foods to eat and avoid) by clicking the link below. By far the majority of the questions I get
about diabetes is food related. But on occasion I do get a question about
something other than food and that is usually some type of self-care question. That is what I consider any question regarding
exercise to be. Along with diet and medication, exercise is
an essential element in the care of diabetes. To help answer this question I want to harken
back to a study I shared in our video, “Is Exercise Good for Diabetes”
If you have watched that video you might remember that a 2010 study by the The American College
of Sports Medicine made the following conclusion: “Exercise plays a major role in the prevention
and control of insulin resistance, prediabetes, GDM, type 2 diabetes, and diabetes-related
health complications. Both aerobic and resistance training improve
insulin action, at least acutely, and can assist with the management of BG levels, lipids,
BP, CV risk, mortality, and QOL, but exercise must be undertaken regularly to have continued
benefits and likely include regular training of varying types. Most persons with type 2 diabetes can perform
exercise safely as long as certain precautions are taken. The inclusion of an exercise program or other
means of increasing overall PA is critical for optimal health in individuals with type
2 diabetes.” Walking is considered physical activity and
is the preferred exercise for many with diabetes. It helps with heart health, keeps the blood
pumping, aids in weight control, there are so many benefits from a good walking plan
I don’t have time to mention them all. Obviously the answer to the original question
is yes. But I also want to give you some tips if you
want to start a walking plan. Wear GOOD shoes! We all know how important foot care is to
those of us with diabetes. Good shoes is a must. Start out slow. Don’t jump in on day one and try to walk
20 miles. Start out with an attainable goal. Don’t time yourself. Walk at your pace. It is good to slowly increase your pace as
you get used to walking. This is exercise, push yourself but not to
an extreme. Go just a little farther each day. If it is 100 feet, go just a little bit farther
today than you did yesterday. Walk with a friend if possible. Push each other to do your best. Be sure to check your blood sugar before and
after your walk. Be prepared to have a snack after walking
to prevent your blood sugar dipping too low. Wash, dry and lotion your feet after each
walk. I hope this answered your question is walking
good or bad for diabetes. Don’t forget to get your diabetes management
book by clicking the link in the description box below. Let me know if you have any other diabetes
related questions. Thank you
I am Ty Mason

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2 Comments

  • Reply Beat Your Diabetes May 9, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Get my diabetes diet and management guide here https://goo.gl/ABVjl2

  • Reply Priti July 18, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Very helpful info! I have been a diabetic for 15 years. I m a 47 year old female. on pills for diabetes and BP for several years. last year onwards on wosulin insulin and Tendia M 500 twice a day. I walk 3 days a week and remaining days I do yoga. My sugar levels are never under control. I have a lot of stress owing to my husband's chronic illness. Donno how to bring my stress and diabetes in control.

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