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Diabetes: Exercise Your Illness Away!

Jan 30, 2008
The process which converts the food you eat into the energy your body uses is far from simple. After every meal, the carbohydrate content of the food is broken down into a simpler form of sugar, which is also known as glucose, which is then carried to the different parts of your body via the bloodstream. Your cells then get to work, transforming this glucose into energy which they use to function. However, if your body is bereft of the insulin it requires in metabolizing this glucose, or if your cells do not respond to the insulin which the pancreas secretes, a disease known as Diabetes sets in which is one of the most widespread of its kind in today's world.

Diabetes is one of the most devastating diseases of the modern world, as many of the complications it leads to are far reaching and can even result in death. However, there is a brighter side to the story. This disease can be easily keep under control by simply adhering to a few basic precautions which include limiting your meals and keeping your meal times regular, being meticulous about your medication and keeping a stringent check over your blood glucose levels. Apart from these remedial measures, there is also the element of exercise, which plays a significant role in thwarting the more distressing symptoms of Diabetes.

Obesity is one of the most prominent causes of Diabetes and can aggravate it if not corrected in time. And regular exercise in moderate doses allows you to do just that. Your exercise routine should include some amount of aerobic activity. Now this can be as interesting as you want it to be. From signing up for a low-impact aerobics class, to even a whole-hearted game of tennis, the options are numerous, and very exciting. It is recommended that you indulge in some form of aerobic exercise for about 30 minutes a session and weave in 5 such sessions during the week. And if you are pressed for time, you could even break down these 30 minutes into 10 minute sessions through the day.

If the nerves of your feet have suffered on account of your diabetic condition, then you can opt for a form of aerobic exercise which isn't quite as strenuous for your feet, but still burns a reasonable amount of calories. This can include bicycling, swimming or water aerobics and rowing. You can opt for either of these activities or work in a combination of all of them into your workout schedule to introduce an element of diversity. You can also incorporate strength training sessions into your fitness regime. Strength training exercises help your bones grow stronger while also developing your muscle tissue. An added advantage that strength training offers is being able to burn calories, even while your body is at rest. You can either join a class for a supervised workout, or buy a kit comprising of weights, elastic bands or plastic tubes and devise your own strength training schedule.

Before you work out a fitness regime for yourself, make sure to speak to your physician about your recommended levels of activity as well as the kind of exercise which will benefit your condition. Also, don't plunge headlong into your regime, which will be more detrimental than advantageous, but work your way up as your body adjusts itself to your workouts. Try to keep your schedule as flexible as you can, so that even if you miss a session, you can compensate for it during the course of the day. Keep a close watch over your blood glucose levels, both before and after you exercise, to see how your blood sugar is responding to your workouts. In case of any uneasiness like hunger, dizziness and weakness during your workout session, stop at once. These are the initial symptoms of low blood sugar of Hypoglycemia which you need to treat with glucose pills, or half a cup of fruit juice until your blood sugar is above the minimum 70.

Type One Diabetes also leads to a complication known as Ketoacidosis, where your body produces toxins called Ketones which it expels with your urine. If you suffer from this condition, your physician may recommend that you refrain from any kind of physical activity to avoid the complications which may follow. You can also schedule your meal plan to allow a light snack before your exercise session, which will regularize your blood sugar levels and keep you from getting Hypoglycemic.

Regular exercise is not only invaluable in keeping your diabetes under control it is also a very effective way to deal with stress. Making sure your lifestyle is an active one allows you to ward off several ailments that accompany old age. The right time to start is right now. Make that call to your physician today and get started with your exercise regime the effects that follow, will speak for themselves!
About the Author
Julia Hanf author of the book How To Play the Diabetes Diet Game and Win Through a real life crisis Julia figured out how to live diabetes free. Visit http://www.yourdiabetescure.com and learn more about your solution for diabetes.
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