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Meet Christian who shares tips to manage diabetes through exercise 

Get active

You might be wondering, does exercise lower blood sugar levels? Regular exercise can help you control your blood sugar levels, lose weight, and improve your physical and mental health2

Even a slight increase in physical activity can make a difference. If you have not been active for a while, start with just 5–10 minutes of exercise a day and add a few minutes each week until you reach your goal3

Treating type 2 diabetes

What is GLP-1

What is GLP-1

Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) is a naturally occurring hormone in the body. Although its production is inhibited in people with type 2 diabetes, its function remains possible.

Low impact diabetes exercises 

When starting a new routine, find an activity that suits you. This will make you more likely to stick with it and enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle.

Here are some ideas for low-impact activities to help you get started.  

  • Stretching and balancing activities like  Pilates  increase flexibility and strength and can prepare you for other activities, like swimming
  • Tai chi builds upper body strength, reduces stiffness, and combines mindfulness to help you stay focused4
  • Dancing is an aerobic activity: it raises your heart rate, burns calories and fat, and can support cardiovascular health5
  • Exercising with weights can build strength and help with weight loss6. If you are not experienced, do not try this without supervision 
  • Walking or hiking are enjoyable ways to spend time with friends or family – just make sure you wear suitable shoes
  • Swimming is easy on the joints and works all the main muscle groups7

No matter which activity you pick, what is important is that you incorporate as much movement as you can into your day.  Just remember to exercise safely - check with your doctor before starting any exercise more strenuous than a walking  programme.

Are you aware of cardiovascular risk?

People with type 2 diabetes are 2-4 times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke compared to someone living without diabetes8-10.

Learn how you can reduce the risk.

Find more information about diabetes, living with diabetes, and treatments

About diabetes

About diabetes

In short, diabetes is a chronic disease occurring when the pancreas fails to make insulin, or the body cannot use the insulin created. As a result, glucose levels in the bloodstream become too high, and the body becomes susceptible to developing serious health problems¹². 

Living with diabetes

Living with diabetes

Being diagnosed with diabetes can be overwhelming at first, but coming to terms with your diagnosis, and managing your condition, is an achievable goal¹³. Motivation, education, technology, and support are all critical factors to living with diabetes¹.

Treatment for diabetes
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Treatment for diabetes

Diabetes treatment options for type 2 diabetes typically focus on lifestyle changes such as healthy eating, regular exercise, and weight loss. However, some people also need diabetes medicine as well. For people with type 1 diabetes insulin is the essential treatment¹⁴.


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