Strength Training to improve your Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you know the importance of controlling your blood sugar.

Did you know that strength training could play a starring role? Simple moves done regularly can prompt your muscles to absorb more sugar. You will also burn more calories around the clock when you take up strength training. Your mood, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure may improve, too.

Most people with diabetes can work out safely, but check with your doctor first. Flexibility work can be helpful too, especially if you have not broken a sweat in a while. Start with resistance bands or light dumbbells that allow you to focus on form. If you take certain diabetes medications, you may need to take precautions to prevent a dangerous drop in blood sugar (hypoglycemia).

Keep snacks or glucose tablets with you when you are exercising, in case you develop symptoms of low blood sugar, such as shaking or weakness.

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