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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Why is exercise important for diabetic patients?

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    Angela Jenkins (Daley)

    Exercise Physiologist, Personal Trainer

    I am a preventative health expert and presenter. My Career over the last 15 yearsI moved to Sydney for the Olympics and started my career … View Profile

    60% of the Type II cases can actually be prevented by changes to lifestyle, which includes exercise. Exercise increases the insulin sensitivity, it improves blood sugar levels, and it prevents and alleviates a lot of the complications that are associated with diabetes.

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    Dr Anabela Novas

    Exercise Physiologist

    Twenty years of clinical experience, health research and publications. My strength is motivating people to be physically active, independent and healthier. Live long, enjoy life! View Profile

    Exercise provides a lot of benefits for diabetic patients. Mainly it helps to improve blood glucose control for type II diabetes patients. It improves cardiovascular health in all types of diabetes patients and also decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease, which is a quite commonly a risk for these patients. It also improves insulin sensitivity and can lower the requirements for medication, such as insulin and other oral agents.

    Exercise also helps control weight. Either maintaining or decreasing weight, via decreasing body fat mass, and also preserves or increases lean body mass, which is important for diabetic patients. This promotes control of their blood glucose levels. Consistent exercise programs are very important for diabetic patients.

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