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Can’t Make Time to Exercise Every Day? Don’t let that stop you from reaping the same benefits!

September 4, 2012 in News

Most of us have heard that daily exercise is a healthy way can help people with type 2 diabetes manage their blood sugar. The ADA recommends that people with diabetes get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise five or more days per week.

Easy, right? Well, it sounds like it should be, but as you’ve probably experienced, making time every day for 30 minutes of exercise can be a real challenge at times.

Still, the benefits of daily exercise are too important to brush off. Being active burns glucose in your blood and can make your body more sensitive to the insulin your body creates; both of these things lower your blood sugar. Better blood glucose control is just one of the pluses – the ADA outlines nine more important benefits to your diabetes management and general health.

Okay, none of these benefits make it easier to block out 30 minutes every day if you’ve got a tricky schedule. But a recent research study showed that people who did an hour of exercise every other day got the same benefits to their blood glucose management as those who did half an hour every day.1 The authors of the study suggest that it may be the total amount of exercise over time that provides the benefits, rather than keeping to a set amount of time every day.

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