When Exercise Isn’t Enough: Type 2 Diabetes

Exercise is generally considered a good thing. Perhaps too much exercise can be bad for health, but in general, physicians, researchers, scientists, life coaches, and plenty of other professionals recommend that all of us sneak in some exercise into our daily routines. However, we’re still exploring exercise and how it effects individuals. Case in point: one study recently explores why approximately one in five individuals with type 2 diabetes do not respond to exercise.

When we exercise, we typically expect our bodies to condition over time. Muscles are stressed and are conditioned to work better than before, including our heart. However, there is some unknown factor in some people with type 2 diabetes that causes exercise to not help improve health. This latest discovery opens up whole new avenues of research in physical health.

That being said, with only an estimated 20% of the Type 2 community exhibiting this problem, consider including exercise in your regular routine. Doing so can help you in a number of ways, including:

  • Boosting energy
  • Improving blood circulation
  • Strengthening muscles
  • Burning fat
  • Using insulin (which helps control your blood sugar levels)
  • Lowering bad cholesterol (LDL)
  • Improving good cholesterol (HDL)
  • Reducing the risk of strokes

If you have problems exercising with Type 2 diabetes or considering starting or changing your exercise routine, remember you can always talk to your physician. Do the same if you feel like your exercise routine is not improving your health. Remember that sometimes exercise will feel difficult and might sometimes feel like you’re not making any progress. Your physician can give you a clearer picture as to the progress you are making and how it is impacting your health.

If you are still looking for a physician that can help you create a plan for your Type 2 diabetes, the Medical and Surgical Clinic of Irving is home to a number of doctors that are more than willing to help. Our great locations along MacArthur Boulevard in Irving make us easily accessible, and our commitment to serving our community has earned us a reputation of caring and concern.  If you wish to schedule an appointment today, contact us at 972-253-4200.