Exercise is very important in managing type 2 diabetes. Combining diet, exercise, and medicine (when prescribed) will help control your weight and blood sugar level.
Exercise helps to control type 2 diabetes by:-
- Improving your body's use of insulin.
- Burning excess body fat, helping to decrease and control weight (decreased body fat results in improved insulin sensitivity).
- Improving muscle strength.
- Increasing bone density and strength.
- Lowering blood pressure.
- Helping to protect against heart and blood vessel disease by lowering 'bad' LDL cholesterol and increasing 'good' HDL cholesterol.
- Improving blood circulation and reducing your risk of heart disease.
- Increasing energy level and enhancing work capacity.
- Reducing stress, promoting relaxation, and releasing tension and anxiety.
Normally, insulin is released from the pancreas when the amount of sugar (glucose) in the blood increases, such as after eating. Insulin stimulates the liver and muscles to take in excess glucose. This results in a lowering of the blood sugar level.
When exercising, the body needs extra energy or fuel (in the form of glucose) for the exercising muscles. For short bursts of exercise, such as a quick sprint to catch the bus, the muscles and the liver can release stores of glucose for fuel. With continued moderate exercising, however, your muscles take up glucose at almost 20 times the normal rate. This lowers blood sugar levels. But intense exercise can have the opposite effect and actually increase your blood glucose levels. This is especially true for many people with diabetes. The body recognizes intense exercise as a stress and releases stress hormones that tell your body to increase available blood sugar to fuel your muscles. If this happens to you, you may need a little bit of insulin after intense workouts.
For a variety of reasons, after exercise, people with diabetes may have an increase or a decrease in their blood sugar levels.
While most any exercise is healthy for people with diabetes.
Let's look at some specific types of exercise and their benefits:-
The latest findings show that exercise such as strength training has a profound impact on helping people manage their diabetes. In a recent study of Hispanic men and women, 16 weeks of strength training produced dramatic improvements in sugar control that are comparable to taking diabetes medication. Additionally, the study volunteers were stronger, gained muscle, lost body fat, had less depression, and felt much more self-confident.
Any activity that raises your heart rate and keeps it up for an extended period of time will improve your aerobic fitness. Aerobic exercise helps decrease the risk of type2 diabetes and helps those with diabetes to better manage their blood sugar levels. Besides the health benefits, exercise is fun and boosts your mood. It's hard to feel stressed when you're walking fast on a treadmill or swimming laps in a pool.
General Exercise Tips
- To reduce the risk of hypoglycaemia if you have diabetes, follow a regular routine of exercising, eating your meals, and taking your medicines at the same time each day.
- Prolonged or strenuous exercise can cause your body to produce adrenaline and other hormones that can counteract the effects of insulin and cause your blood sugar to rise. If you are participating in strenuous exercise (exercising at your maximum capacity) or prolonged exercise (lasting for several hours or more), your insulin and/or oral diabetic medicine may need to be changed. Talk to your health care provider about how to adjust your medicine.
- Be careful exercising when your medicine is reaching its peak effect.
- Depending on the time of exercise, reducing your dose of either long-acting insulin or short-acting insulin will be necessary. Your doctor can recommend how to make this adjustment.
- Exercise with someone who knows you have diabetes and knows what to do if you have a low blood-sugar reaction.
- Wear a medical identification tag or carry an identification card that states you have diabetes.
Diabetes-Specific Exercise Tips
The American Diabetes Association offers these basic exercise guidelines for those with diabetes:-
- Discuss with your doctor what types of exercise might be appropriate for you. Complications of diabetes such as severe eye disease and nerve damage may make some forms of exercise dangerous for you. Your doctor may also schedule a test to see how your heart responds to exercise.
- Do not exercise if your blood sugar is greater than 250 mg/dL and your ketones positive. This is an indication that you already may have a lack of insulin and exercise will only cause a greater rise in your blood sugar. Hydrate yourself and adjust your insulin as necessary, contact your health care provider.
- Use caution when exercising if your blood sugar is greater than 300 mg/dL without evidence of ketones, exercise may help decrease your sugars, but it's possible they will increase instead. Hydrate well prior to and after exercise and keep track of your sugars and ketones.
- Learn the effects of various types of exercise on your blood sugar.
- Have carbohydrate-based foods available for exercise and for the period following exercise. Add carbohydrates to your meals if you plan on doing exercise, adjust your insulin dose appropriately in anticipation of exercise.
Guidelines and Precautions
- If you have diabetes, check with your health care provider before you begin an exercise program. Tell your doctor what kind of exercise you want to do so adjustments can be made to your medicine schedule or meal plan, if necessary.
- Start slowly and gradually increase your endurance.
- Choose an activity that you enjoy. You'll be more likely to stick with a program if you enjoy the activity. Make exercise a lifetime commitment.
- Consider a water exercise program. Some other exercise options include walking, riding a stationary bicycle, swimming, or muscle stretching.
- Exercise at least three to four times per week for 20 to 40 minutes each session. Ideally, you should exercise every day. A good exercise program should include a 5- to 10-minute warm-up and at least 15 to 30 minutes of continuous aerobic exercise (such as walking or biking) or muscle stretching exercises, followed by a 5-minute cool down.
- Wear good shoes and practice proper foot care.
- Drink water before, during, and after exercise to prevent dehydration.
- Do not ignore pain -- discontinue any exercise that causes unexpected pain. If you continue to perform the activity while you are in pain, you may cause unnecessary stress or damage to your joints.
Working out is a lifetime commitment. Irrespective of your weight, you should exercise at least three to four times per week for 20 to 40 minutes each session. Preferably, you should exercise every day to help manage your type 2 diabetes long-term.
Modifying the diet to limit and control glucose (or glucose equivalent, e.g., starch) intake, and in consequence, blood glucose levels, is known to assist type 2 patients, especially early in the course of the condition's progression. Additionally, weight loss is recommended and is often helpful in persons suffering from type 2 diabetes.
Self-monitoring of blood glucose may not improve outcomes in some cases that are among reasonably well controlled non-insulin treated patients with type 2 diabetes. On the other hand, it is very strongly recommended for patients in whom it can assist in maintaining proper glycaemia control, and is well worth the cost (sometimes considerable) if it does. It is the only source of current information on the glycaemia state of the body, as changes are rapid and frequent, depending on food, exercise, and medication (dosage and timing with respect to both diet and exercise), and secondarily, on time of day, stress (mental and physical), infection, etc.
Effective Herbal Remedy to Control Sugar Level
This herbal blend called Diabeta plus is going to work slowly. Diabeta plus is not going to lower down sugar immediately or cause hypoglycemia. The effects are slow but sustained and can be monitored. Over the period of time, You may need to reduce the dosage of your other drugs, supplements or herbs for diabetes being used.
Diabeta plus is a mixture of various herbs for diabetes, which are described in Ayurveda for taking care of diabetes naturally. The herbs not only help to control sugar levels but also help to rejuvenate overall health, bring back stamina and help to overcome fatigue. Diabeta plus contains herbs like momordica, Gymnema, Salacia, Pterocarpus marsupium which are long know to have beneficial effects in diabetes. The herbs are not only good to control sugar levels but also excellent for preventing diabetic neuropathy.
This product has its roots in Ayurveda-ancient herbal healthcare system of India . According to Ayurveda the balance of 3 energies- Vata, Pitta and Kapha (Kinetic, Thermal and Potential energy) in the body is a disease free state whereas their imbalance causes diseases. In Ayurveda, imbalance in “Vata” and “Kapha” is considered as root cause of diabetes. Herbs in this formula control both “Vata” and “Kapha” and thus good in controlling sugar levels.
Herbs in Diabeta Plus
Diabeta Plus is purely a herbal formulation without any chemicals added into it. The ingredients are frequently used in Ayurvedic system of medicine since 5,000 B.C. without any side effects. Although there are many herbal products for diabetes, but this one is unique in bringing down sugar levels under control without causing side effects and without causing sharp fluctuation in sugar levels.
Ingredients of Diabeta Plus
|S. No.||Herb Used||Latin Name||Quantity|
|1.||Gurmaar||Gymnema sylvestrae||150 mg|
|2||Karela||Momordica charantia||150 mg|
|3.||Saptrangi||Salacia oblonga||50 mg|
|4.||Vizaysaar||Pterocarpus marsupium||50 mg|
|5.||Ashwagandha||Withania somnifera||50 mg|
|6.||Tulsi||Ocimum tenuiflorum||50 mg|
Ingredients of Diabeta Plus
1. Gurmaar (Gymnema sylvestrae)
In Hindi language, Gurmaar means “The sugar killer”. It is a twine which is known since ages in Ayurveda for its sugar controlling activity. Recent studies show that it contains Gymnemic acid molecules responsible for its anti-diabetic action. They bind with glucose molecules in the intestines and inhibit their entry into the blood stream. Thus it is effective in controlling sugar levels. This is a perfect herb for sugar control.
2. Karela (Momordica charantia)
Commonly known as bitter gourd. It is very popular for it's anti-diabetic properties. It's also rich in micronutrients which are required for prevention of complications of diabetes. We have a juice form of momordica herb as well. Read more about our product Karela Saar The products like Diabeta plus, Karela Saar, Ashwagandha, Shilajit can all be used together to combat diabetes with herbal remedies.
3. Vizaysaar (Pterocarpus marsupium)
Vizaysaar is a big tree whose bark is very useful for diabetes. The bark of the tree is made into a wooden glass and the glass is termed as “The miracle care for diabetes”. Some water is kept in the wooden glass overnight and is consumed early morning by diabetes patients. The color of the water changes to brown and glass is changed after around 1 month when the water color does not change. Diabeta Plus contains extract of bark of this miracle tree.
4. Saptrangi (Salacia oblonga)
Salacia oblonga is a wonderful remedy for diabetes. It is also a tree whose bark is effective in controlling diabetes. It is extensively studied in the western herbal schools now a days, but in Ayurveda it is being used since ages.
5. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha is adaptogenic, relieves anxiety and stress. It is also an effective anti-inflammatory. Ashwagandha is a useful herb especially for diabetic neuropathy, weakness, fatigue and weight loss due to diabetes. It improves overall well being.
6. Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
It is popularly known as ‘The Holy Basil' is a sacred plant according to Hindu mythology. People in India worship this plant as it has tremendous medicinal properties. Regular use of leaves of this plant controls blood sugar levels very effectively. It is also useful in many types of cancers, viral and bacterial infections, sore throat, cough and cold etc.
For Non Insulin Dependent - 2 capsules twice daily, 1/2 hour before meals, with water.
For Insulin Dependent - 4-6 capsules twice daily, 1/2 hour before meals, with water.
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Diabeta Plus capsule contains effective Herbs for Diabetes control. It Controls Sugar Levels Naturally. The herbs for Sugar control are without any additives or preservatives.It can be very useful as an very effective herbal treatment for Diabetes.