EXERCISE LOWERS BLOOD SUGAR. We all know muscles burn sugar as fuel and that exercised muscles work harder, and therefore burn more sugar.
EXERCISE AND INSULIN. Muscles need insulin to pull sugar out of the blood; exercised muscles need less insulin to accept sugar.
THREE OR MORE MINUTES. light physical activity for every half hour you spend sitting at a desk or watching TV can make an impact for lowering sugar numbers, and blood pressure.
KEEP IN MIND. Exercise, and diet in particular, can have the strongest non-pharmaceutical effect on A1C levels.
GRIT: courage, toughness, determination, perseverance, endurance
HYPO—as in hypoglycemia, from Latin and Greek: hypo- “under” + glykys “sweet” + haima “blood.”
Our character, ME, emphasizes that when we exercise we need to pay attention to how much sugar we burn, not how many reps we can manage. (No sweating needed—that’s too much like work.) The object is to avoid going hypo but still maintain routines that burn sugar.
You already know that T1D or T2D can’t be cured—but can be managed. T2D however could go into remission. If you want to help manage your diabetes, this site is for you. Right up front, though, you should know that ME won’t tell you what, when or how to eat, or how to cook, nor give medical advice. Instead, ME is all about movement to keep your blood flowing and burning sugar.
ME demonstrates simple activities meant for diabetics of all ages and genders who want to control their blood sugar levels. These effective exercises can be done when and where you prefer—at home, school, office or outdoors. There are four, one minute exercises per location. You can access ME free on any Web-enabled device. Just download the “D” icon to your phone, tablet or computer as a bookmark for your devices’ Web browser. What’s more, there is no account or profile to set up, you’re anonymous.
Although all routines have been reviewed by an exercise science professional you should always ask your healthcare provider about exercise limits—and ask your body too. It knows the difference between enough and too much, and it will tell you. Once you’ve set up your routine, you’ll see that just a few minutes of physical activity each day is a powerful tool to help manage your diabetes.
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