Physical Activity

Understand how people with diabetes can gain important benefits from regular physical activity, including stress reduction and maintaining target levels for blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure.


Physical Activity Expert
Michael Sarin, Physician and Certified Diabetes Educator
September 01
This blog entry is written in response to the questions raised in the Connect section of Diabetes Care Community. (Thanks to Curious Joe and Bunny2 for your questions).
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When the temperature dips and it’s uncomfortable to go outside, there’s a tendency to retreat to the pleasures of the couch. Read More »

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We know the importance of physical activity for reducing the risk of diabetes and helping to prevent diabetes complications for those who already have the condition. Yet most adults spend over seven hours a day engaged in sedentary behavior, Read More »

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While it may be too late for our family members and friends with diabetes, many of us as caregivers are in a position to take advantage of the growing knowledge about diabetes prevention. Read More »

As described in our article about the New activity and non-activity guidelines for kids, the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines (CPAG) recommend that children over five should get at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity exercise each day. But many parents are unsure whether these guidelines can be safely applied for youth with type 1 diabetes. Read More »

The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines (CPAG) for youth under17 recommend 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity exercise weekly, and specify that this should include vigorous-intensity activities at least 3 days a week. For adults, the guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week. Read More »

If someone you care about has diabetes, you probably know that it’s important for them to engage in regular physical activity. But do you know why? Read More »

Regular physical activity is important to help meet diabetes management goals. There are four main types of physical activity. Read More »

All physical activity is good for people with diabetes, but different types of exercise can present different benefits. The two main types of exercise are aerobic exercise and resistance exercise. Read More »

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