Fantastic Exercises for diabetics


Exercise and Diabetes

The ADA (American Diabetic Association) recommends that patients with diabetes exercise at least 30 minutes a day for 5 days in a week. But have you ever wondered what exercises are proven scientifically to help with reducing blood sugar levels? We have summarized 5 great exercises that are proven to help in diabetic patients.


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Pou Wee Gan
Pou Wee Gan

M.Pharm, MBBS, BCPS, R.Ph

A pharmacist first, then a medical doctor. An avid tea drinker and an occasional poet.

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