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Exercise just as effective as drugs to slow diabetes

Posted on February 28, 2015 at 1:55 PM

 

 


A study published in the British Medical Journal has re-confirmed it: Exercise is just as effective as drugs to keep blood sugar numbers low, and considering that some drugs have debilitating and even deadly side effects, it's great to hear it again.

 

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that adults get between 150 and 300 hours of moderate physical activity per week or 75-150 minutes of vigorous physical activity per week. If 150 minutes seems like a burden to you, break it down into 10 minute intervals. That's just about two 10-minute bouts of exercise a day.

 

C'mon! You can do that! Just think... Lower blood sugar readings mean fewer medications to take, fewer trips to the doctor, fewer co-pays to shell out, and best of all, no risky drugs.

 

Be sure to talk with your health care provider about taking up an exercise program, and then raise the issue of getting off your medications. He or she may balk at your idea, but be persistent.

 

If you're really motivated to get off the meds, consider improving your diet as well. Eating more fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans can bring you even greater health benefits than you realize!

 

Categories: Exercise, Medications

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