Fight Diabetes with Proper Exercise

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November is National Diabetes Month, which is why we are eager to share information about diabetes and offer tips to prevent or manage it. Studies over the years have shown that people who exercise regularly have lower risk of getting Type 2 diabetes. It’s common knowledge that weight control and regular exercise can minimize diabetes risk and help keep a person generally healthy – doctors have been prescribing that lifestyle for years! What many people don’t realize though is that the more often they exercise, the lower their risk of diabetes becomes.

Diabetes is on the rise across the world, but more doctors and scientists have been studying ways to combat the debilitating disease. For instance, a team of New Zealand researches found that when you exercise is just as important as how often you do it. Their studies said that walking for just 10 minutes right after a meal did more to lower blood sugar levels than exercising for 30 minutes any other time of the day. These studies show us that there is potential to slow the progress of diabetes around the world.

Dr. Stuart Snyder here at Maple Springs Foot Center has years of diabetic foot treatment experience. He knows that exercise is a powerful tool for his patients to stay healthy. All of our patients, even if they don’t have diabetes, can live healthier, happier lives by simply incorporating regular walking, jogging, biking, swimming, sports, or whatever gets them moving. Here’s how exercise can benefit you:

  • Keep your blood sugar levels down

  • Control your weight – even dropping down 5% of your weight can make a dent in diabetic risk

  • Better sleep

  • Greatly improve your day-to-day mood

If you’re considering taking up an exercise program, it’s always best to consult your doctor. Exercise can help diabetics control the consequences of the disease, including the effects it has on your feet.

If you’re one of the 29 million Americans with diabetes, it’s time to check in with a podiatrist. Dr. Stuart Snyder here at Maple Springs Foot Center can help assess and treat any foot or ankle issues related to diabetes that you might be experiencing. To get in touch, request an appointment online or call our office conveniently located in Gaithersburg, MD at 301-762-3338.