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What is the value of exercise for someone with Type 2 Diabetes?
Exercise can help participants with Type 2 Diabetes control blood sugars and improve other diabetes related issues. Exercise helps the body to use blood sugars keeping the blood sugar levels stable or from remaining too high. Exercise will also help to improve the body’s ability to use excess blood sugar even when a person is not exercising. Keeping the blood sugar levels lower with exercise means less side effects from diabetes medication and less cost for those medications. This same exercise can also help improve other Type 2 Diabetes related issues such as neuropathy, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and depression.
Why the group concept is valuable to someone with Type 2 Diabetes?
Exercising in a group setting allows participants to learn and progress with others who have similar needs and medical issues. People with Type 2 Diabetes deal with specific medical issues that need to be monitored before, during and after exercise. Learning from other participants who share those same concerns is both encouraging and educational. A strong bond is formed among participants sharing in the same beginning exercise experience That bond improves exercise consistency and helps to motivate individuals both physically and emotionally.
Why is it important to have Type 2 experts like an Exercise Physiologist to work with?
Having an Exercise Physiologist to work with patients with Type 2 Diabetes is essential for not only safety but for long term results. Participants with Type 2 Diabetse can have dangerously low blood sugars as a result of even just a small amount of exercise. Having an instructor who is educated and experienced with the blood sugars response to exercise and various diabetes medications can greatly decrease the chance for a blood sugar drop. Getting education on exercise, dietary adjustments and lifestyle behaviors helps participants with Type 2 Diabetes to gradually adapt to a healther lifestyle for the future.
What is an Exercise Physiologist?
An educated professional is somebody with the experience and education necessary to help you reach your goals safely. The person you seek out for help should understand the specific adaptation effects of a progressive exercise program. This person should also have an understanding of orthopedic, metabolic (such as Type 2 Diabetes), or other medical considerations that you may have. A degreed exercise physiologist is someone who may help you design a safe and effective program based on their knowledge from their 4-year college degree. “Certified” personal trainers may also be reliable sources, however, be thorough when vetting “certified” trainers. Some certifications lack solidity and may be obtained by any lay person. You are your own best advocate when it comes to finding an educated professional who will work best with you to exercise while living with Type 2 Diabetes.