Diabetes, the fast walk to keep it at bay

Diabetes, the fast walk to keep it at bay

Dedicating yourself to a brisk walk with consistency every day helps significantly to regulate insulin levels and to combat diabetes

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Maintaining an active lifestyle is important for everyone's health at any age, both for healthy individuals and for those with specific diseases, especially if they are chronic, such as diabetes.

Introducing a brisk walk in your routine, with a variable rhythm and frequency in relation to the level of training and personal conditions, allows you to keep the blood glucose level under control and counteract the birth and development of diabetes.

This type of physical activity brings numerous advantages at no cost, just having a good pair of shoes, being motivated and above all constant. To make it more enjoyable and also have a significant effect on mood, you can choose to walk in a place that particularly pleases, perhaps in contact with nature, taking advantage of the arrival of sunny days, together with a friend or to the rhythm of music.

The positive effects are many, from the reduction of abdominal fat to the improvement of the metabolism, up to the reduction of bad cholesterol in the blood and, an important element for diabetics, a hypoglycemic effect. Exercise stimulates the entry of glucose into muscle cells, even during the resting phase, and decreases the necessary insulin injections or other alternative treatments in therapies related to this disease.

Those predisposed suffer from a condition called hyperglycemia, that is, a high presence of glucose in the blood, because insulin, whose task and make it enter the cells is not present in a sufficient manner and creates stagnation.

How much and when to walk must be established based on the personal condition of each one (age, previous training and other pathologies), but generally 3 sessions of about 30 minutes a week are enough every two days if possible. The effect of aerobic exercise, characterized by little effort but prolonged over time, on insulin, lasts from 24 to 72 hours and increases depending on the intensity, so maintaining a sustained rhythm leads to greater results. According to a New Zealand study conducted by the University of Otago and published in the journal Diabetologia, it would be better, for a greater effect on blood glucose, to take a brisk walk of 10 minutes after the main meals.

Diabetes is a disease that is very much affected by lifestyle, which is why the Diabetologists Association has been recommending a patient education for many years, in addition to drug therapy. Both must be customized specifically according to the needs and physical conditions of each one.

Those predisposed or already suffering from it need to change their eating and motor habits, learn to take drugs correctly and monitor their blood sugar. Drastic renunciations are not necessary, just apply some small tricks suggested by the doctor, such as a reduction of simple sugars and the introduction of moderate physical activity. The more patients are aware and informed, the healthier and more exposed to a lower risk of complications.

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