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Entry for December 2, 2008

Is exercise recommended for people with type 1 Diabetics?


Because exercise uses glucose for movement, it is an excellent way to maintain stable levels of glucose. Exercise cannot normalize glucose levels, but it can effectively counteract elevated levels that occur after eating.

For type I diabetics, exercise does not regulate glucose to normal levels. However, exercise acts very much like insulin on skeletal muscle cells, so the amount of insulin injected for controlling glucose can be lowered in type I diabetics who exercise. Also, many health-related benefits of physical activity (e.g., lowering blood pressure, favorable lipid and lipoprotein changes, body weight maintenance) are part of the exercise therapy.

2008-12-02 13:34:30 GMT
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