Type 2 diabetes would be a discreet condition were it not for the threat of high blood sugar – a complication associated with it. Blood sugar is the main type of sugar you get from eating food. A healthy dose of blood sugar supplies the body with energy but having too much blood sugar can inflict damage on the body. The pancreas is normally charged with policing blood sugar levels but if you have type 2 diabetes, the organ does not produce enough quality insulin to regulate blood sugar.
As the American Diabetes Association (ADA) explains, insulin sensitivity is increased, so your muscle cells are better able to use any available insulin to take up glucose during and after activity.
What’s more, when your muscles contract during activity, your cells are able to take up glucose and use it for energy whether insulin is available or not, explains the ADA.
Is there an optimal type of exercise?
According to Diabetes UK, there isn’t one type of activity that’s best for everyone with diabetes.
“It’s about finding what works for you and depends on lots of things, like what you enjoy, where you are and how much time you have,” explains the health body.
As a result, eating them can raise blood sugar levels quickly.
Simple carbs, which include white bread, potatoes and white rice, are ranked high on the glycaemic index (GI) index.
The GI is a rating system for foods containing carbohydrates.
It is safer to opt for low or medium GI foods, which are broken down more slowly and cause a gradual rise in blood sugar levels over time.
- Some fruit and vegetables
- Wholegrain foods, such as porridge oats.
Published at Fri, 11 Dec 2020 21:14:00 +0000