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Exercise for people with diabetes
Everyone can benefit from regular exercise, especially people with diabetes. It can help to keep you healthy by improving your diabetes control and reducing your risk of heart disease. It also increases the strength of your muscles and bones and so reduces the risk of falls and immobility. Exercise can help to reduce stress and anxiety.
It is important if you have diabetes to visit your doctor for a full medical examination before starting an exercise routine. This is especially important if you have any complications of diabetes, including problems with your eyes or feet.
Your doctor will be able to advise you about what kind of exercise would be best for you. This may include aerobic exercise such as walking, swimming and cycling, or working out in a gym. In some areas there are special exercise classes for people with diabetes.
You should aim to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day at a rate that makes you breathe more rapidly. If you have been very inactive you may not be able to exercise for this long in the first few weeks. Exercise needs to be continued long term.