Tips for Staying Active as You Age With Diabetes
Physical activity helps to lower blood glucose levels and can also help with improving blood pressure and cholesterol levels. As you age, the amount of muscle mass you have is reduced, leading to weakness. However, performing resistance training can help to stem these effects by strengthening muscles and improving balance. Aerobic exercise, such as walking, bicycling and swimming can help diabetes patients to better manage their blood glucose levels and also improve lung and heart health.
Many older adults worry about falling. However, this should not be a reason to skip out on doing exercises. Modified versions of exercises can be performed that do not put patients at risk of falling. Exercises should be done, no matter your physical condition. If you are ready to start an exercise regime, talk with your healthcare professional about the best exercises to do to help you stay healthy as you age.
By taking care of your health with exercise, you have a much better chance of being able to keep your diabetes under control. Better diabetes management has been proven to lead to fewer complications.
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