Looking for motivation to exercise regularly? Consider this statistic: People who engage in physical activity for seven hours a week have a 40 percent lower risk of dying early than those who are active for 30 minutes or less a week. Among the many health benefits bestowed is helping prevent and manage diabetes.
In this Stanford Health Care video, Baldeep Singh, MD, a clinical professor at Stanford who focuses on chronic disease management, explains how exercise can lower blood sugar during your workout and afterwards and help insulin work better. He says in the talk:
[Exercise] is one of the most important things that you can do as you get older because it really has all plus and no minuses ... One of the keys is consistency. You want to be consistent in your regiment – even the same time of day ... It's much better to make small incremental changes and be consistent with them, than to make a huge change and than do nothing the rest of the year.
This video is the second lecture in a three-part series addressing important questions related to diabetes and lifestyle choices.
Previously: Examining the role of exercise in managing and preventing diabetes, Without exercise, Americans are growing more obese, according to Stanford researchers, Preventing pre-diabetes from turning into diabetes and Fighting a fatalistic attitude toward diabetes