You can also stay healthy with type 2 diabetes. Adequate physical exercise with a healthy diet will help control your blood sugar levels. At the same time, these will also help in your weight control and you will feel quite healthy overall.
Keeping your body active by doing exercise will help control your blood sugar levels
Regular exercise or physical activity will help reduce the amount of sugar in your blood. Try to exercise for at least two and a half hours every week. Don’t be fooled by two and a half hours – you can divide these two and a half hours into seven days a week. Even if you exercise for only 30 minutes five days a week, you will be able to do two and a half hours of physical activity a week.
You can choose any of the exercises that make your body sweaty.
This might be:
- Walking, jogging, or running fast
- Going up and down the stairs
- Doing heavy housework or gardening
Your weight and its importance
If your body weight is higher than normal, losing weight will help reduce the amount of sugar in your blood. It will also make it easier to control your blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels.
Measure your BMI to see if you are overweight.
If you need to lose weight, keep in mind – it is usually best to lose weight gradually over time. Plan to lose weight from half a kg to one kg per week.
Studies have shown that a short-term (about 12 weeks) and low-calorie (800-1200 calories per day) diet helps control the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. At the same time, some people are completely free from the symptoms.
However, this low-calorie diet may or may not apply to everyone with type 2 diabetes. This type of diet is not safe for those who have to take insulin, so it is important to consult a doctor before starting such a diet.