Better control your diabetes with exercise

Posted on 4 March 2022 by Dr Mitch Forrest and Katie Vuleta

Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) is a common disease where the response and/or production of insulin is impaired. The disorder usually develops over time and is often associated with physical inactivity and poor diet. Management of your blood sugar is important for those with diabetes, as chronic periods of elevated blood sugar levels can lead to major health complications.

Fortunately, exercise is a great way to naturally reduce your blood sugar levels! When our muscles contract, the GLUT-4 transporters on our cell walls start to move sugar out of the blood into our muscles to produce energy. These little transporters are activated during both aerobic (cardio) and strength training so it’s important to incorporate both of these into your exercise routine.

For someone with diabetes exercise helps:

  • Insulin to work better, which will improve your diabetes management
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Reduce your risk of heart disease
  • Reduce stress

Currently, it is recommended that individuals with diabetes participate in 150-250 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity per week, and strength training of the major muscle groups 2-3 days per week.

Our team of Exercise Physiologist’s specialise in the prescription of exercise for people with T2D and we can put together an individualised program for you. For further information contact us on 6500 1555 or Group exercise classes for people with T2D are also heavily subsidised by Medicare (using codes 81110 and 81115). Consult your GP about group classes for people with T2D under Medicare.