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.

References:

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Honda, H., Igaki, M., Hatanaka, Y., Komatsu, M., Tanaka, S., Miki, T., Suzuki, T., Takaishi, T. and Hayashi, T. (2016). Stair climbing/descending exercise for a short time decreases blood glucose levels after a meal in participants with type 2 diabetes. BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, 4(1), p.e000232.

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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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