For diabetes patients, physical activity is equally important like the intake of drugs, insulin, or following any diet. Walking is a primary form of exercise. Walking and diabetes control are good partners for the active management of blood sugar levels.
Diabetes is a chronic condition to execute a better life with diabetes, the right management is very important. If there is irregular management of blood sugar levels, then complications such as stroke, dementia, delayed wound healing, skin infections, kidney failure, and many other difficulties may be encountered. There are different types of diabetes like type 1, type 2, diabetes LADA, Diabetes MODY, etc. For efficient management of all types of diabetes adequate physical activity is extremely important.
How good is walking for diabetes?
Generally walking is effective for all types of diabetes patients. It has a direct effect on controlling the blood sugar level. Benefits of walking includes
Lowers the blood sugar level.
Because of the release of endorphins sensitivity for pain gets reduced.
Regular exercise for a long time increases insulin sensitivity.
The risk of getting cardiovascular disease is decreased.
Lowers bad cholesterol level.
It is very important to take precautions before starting a walk. Important precautions to be taken are
Wear comfortable shoes otherwise, it may lead to many foot problems in diabetes patients.
Check your blood sugar level after walking.
Consult your doctor about how long you can walk in a single take.
Avoid going on a walk if you have low blood sugar level
Alternatives for walking:
You don’t need a gym membership or thread mill for an effective walking. There are many choices like hallway in your house, parks, sidewalk for an effective walking experience. There are many alternatives which can be added to your daily lifestyle for improving walking distance such as
Use steps instead of the elevator.
Park your car away from the shops you have to go to.
For small distance walk instead of taking your vehicles.
Take a small walk during a work break.
The best time to walk for diabetes patients is after having a meal. Many researchers have found that taking a walk after a meal will have a large effect on diabetes control.
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