How is exercise just as important as the use of medication for diabetes management? How much exercise should someone with diabetes get each week?

Dr. Allen talks about how exercise is just as important as medication for diabetes management. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Exercise is a vital part of managing your diabetes. Including physical activity in your routine can help, according to the American Diabetes AssociationOff Site Icon (ADA) to do the following:

  • Burn calories to help manage weight
  • Decrease risk of heart disease
  • Decrease risk of stroke
  • Improve balance
  • Improve blood circulation
  • Improve sleep
  • Increase energy
  • Keep joints flexible
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Reduce depression symptoms
  • Relieve stress
  • Strengthen bones
  • Strengthen muscles
  • Strengthen your heart

Being active makes your cells more sensitive to insulin, which makes it work more efficiently, according to the ADA.

Choosing to participate in at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity at least five days a week is what experts recommend for people to help manage their diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC). Biking, swimming, briskly walking, dancing and mowing the lawn are all example of moderate-intensity physical activity.

If you are new to adding exercise to your routine, talk with your doctor first about what a safe exercise plan for looks like for you, according to the CDC.

Talk to your doctor also for more information about how exercise can be just as important as medication in managing your diabetes.

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