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What You Need to Know about Exercise and Diabetes

Do you have type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, or prediabetes? Then you need to know that exercise is a cornerstone in the management of all of these conditions, and it can benefit your health in so many ways.

Sometimes, being active can actually make it more challenging for you to manage your blood glucose (“blood sugar”) levels, unless you learn more about its effects. I have always known at some level that exercise generally did good things for my blood glucose, even before I had my first blood glucose meter (after going 18 years without access to one).  How could I tell without a blood glucose meter?

Being active always made me feel better, physically and emotionally, so much so that I earned a PhD in Exercise Physiology to understand why. You don’t need to go that far with your education, but there are some basics about being physically active with diabetes or prediabetes that you really need to know.

Here are some things that I know about exercise now that I wish someone had told me years ago.

#1: Exercise can help erase your blood glucose “mistakes”

#2: Exercise doesn’t always make your blood glucose go down

#3: Your muscles are critical to managing your blood glucose levels

#4: Exercise is the best medicine there is

For other tips on exercise and more, visit or You can also find some exercise programs geared towards people with diabetes by visiting Diabetes Motion Academy (

To learn more about working with this special population, check out Sheri's course: Working with Clients with Diabetes or Prediabetes.

*This article was originally posted on on 11/21/2017. MFN has allowed PTontheNet to re-post this article.