The Importance of Exercise for People with Diabetes

 

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An experienced leader in the trucking industry, Robert Rogulic oversees operations at Tri-National, Inc., as president, founder, and CEO. Under his guidance, the company uses late-model tractors and trailers to provide door-to-door service in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Robert Rogulic and his firm also donate to the Kilo Foundation on an annual basis.

Since 1972, the Kilo Diabetes & Vascular Research Foundation has supported research and development work at the Kilo Laboratories at the Washington University School of Medicine. According to the organization, fitness is an important part of managing diabetes. People with diabetes who maintain a good diet and are physically fit are more capable of preventing diabetic complications. At a minimum, people with diabetes should exercise for about 45 minutes three to five times a week.

There are three main types of exercise – anaerobic, aerobic, and flexibility. It’s best if people with diabetes focus on both anaerobic and aerobic exercises. These activities increase the effectiveness of insulin and remove glucose from the body. As a result, average blood sugar levels decrease and people may be able to reduce the amount of insulin they use. Medications that lower blood sugar can also often be reduced when people with diabetes are active.

Although aerobic and anaerobic exercises are most effective regarding diabetes, flexibility exercises should not be ignored. These activities reduce the risk of injury by stretching the muscles and ligaments.

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