Exercising and Eating Well For Diabetes

Exercising and Eating Well For Diabetes

In this photo taken Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Weston Murphy, 5, who has Type 1 diabetes, pricks his finger to test his blood at his home in Plainfield, Ill. About 1.25 million Americans have Type 1 diabetes. Type 2 disease is more common, affecting nearly 30 million nationwide and most of the more than 300 million worldwide with diabetes. Besides short-term complications from poorly controlled blood sugar, both types raise long-term risks for damage to the kidneys, heart and eyes. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

(CNN) – When you’re first diagnosed with diabetes, you may feel like your life has been turned upside down. I know I did. But I’ve learned to manage diabetes with help from simple changes in my eating and exercise habits, and you can, too. Even small changes are powerful. So don’t put off getting started—seize the day!

Exercise Benefits Are Huge

Why work out? Exercise lowers blood glucose. It makes your muscles respond better to insulin. It also signals the muscles to remove glucose from the blood. A recent study found that walking for 15 minutes after meals improved blood glucose levels for the whole day in people at risk for diabetes.  Exercise is clearly powerful stuff, and here’s how to get the most from it:

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