Diabetes: when exercise does you good
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Diabetes: when exercise does you good

Becoming more and more hyperglycemic

Diabetes is a major widespread disease, with most people affected by type 2 diabetes. This type is characterized by high blood sugar levels as a result of the body’s cells no longer responding properly to the hormone insulin. Receiving a diagnosis of diabetes means an enormous change in everyday life for those affected. It’s not yet possible to pinpoint the exact trigger for each individual, but it’s assumed that various factors can be partly responsible. In addition to genetic predisposition, these include an unhealthy diet, obesity and a lack of exercise.

If undetected, it becomes dangerous

High blood sugar levels can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, lack of concentration, listlessness or dizziness. If blood sugar levels remain permanently elevated, there is even a risk of diabetic coma. This condition is life-threatening and constitutes a medical emergency.

Recognizing long-term complications early on

The long-term complications of diabetes should also not be underestimated. Many people with the disease suffer from diabetic foot syndrome, which causes discomfort and circulatory problems in the affected area of the body. Healing of wounds is also impaired, which is why treatment is often difficult.
Diabetic foot syndrome can be prevented with a variety of measures. For example, you should wear proper footwear to avoid pressure points. Your feet should be regularly checked and cared for, so that changes in the skin can be quickly detected and treated.

6 reasons why exercise helps fight diabetes:

  • Less insulin is needed
    Your cells respond better to insulin, insulin sensitivity is increased, and your blood sugar is better regulated.
  • Fewer secondary diseases
    The risk of secondary diseases, such as nerve diseases or retinal problems, is minimized. Regular exercise can prevent secondary diseases such as diabetic foot syndrome.
  • Build up muscles
    The more muscle mass you have, the better your blood sugar storage. This also helps regulate blood sugar levels.
  • Lose the pounds
    By increasing your exercise, your body draws on its own fat reserves and fat deposits are reduced. Losing weight can also help prevent diabetes.
  • Boost your cardiovascular system
    An increased heart rate and faster breathing stimulate your blood circulation and mean your cells are better supplied with oxygen.
  • Improve your balance
    Diabetics suffer from poor wound healing. Therefore, you should improve your balance to prevent yourself from falling.

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  • Carbohydrates aren’t taboo
    When you eat more carbohydrates, your blood sugar rises higher and faster afterwards. This means a larger dose of insulin which, in turn, can lead to additional weight gain. Therefore, it is advisable to adjust the amount of carbohydrates eaten to the amount of exercise carried out: the more carbohydrates eaten, the more you should exercise. This prevents the liver from converting excess carbohydrates into fat.
  • Consume vegetable fats
    Fat intake should come primarily from plant sources or from milk or fish. Saturated and trans fats, found primarily in animal products such as sausages, meat and industrial baked goods, should be avoided and should make up no more than one third of your dietary fat.
  • Be careful with alcohol
    Drinking alcohol initially causes a rapid rise, followed by a rapid drop, in blood sugar levels. If you go dancing at the same time, the extra exercise also lowers blood sugar levels, and the risk of hypoglycemia becomes high. This can manifest itself in headaches, paleness, shivering, a cold sweat and even unconsciousness.

Just 10 minutes a day will improve your well-being and fitness level in the long run.

  • Get quick results regarding your fitness, stamina and posture with just a few minutes a day. You can use your lunch break, folding laundry or your favorite TV show as an opportunity to work out
  • The soft mat provides you with an effective, pain-free workout that you can do barefoot or with socks or shoes
  • In addition, the mat helps develop your balance and poise from the moment you step onto it
  • The loose bouncing motion is fun and releases a full dose of endorphins, which can also help relieve stress in the long term
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