*The best exercises for diabetes include any type of moderate physical activity, such as walking, gardening, or playing tennis.
*If you have diabetes or may be at risk, it’s important to get about 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week, as it can help lower blood sugar levels.
*Make sure you talk with your doctor to learn how to exercise safely with diabetes, especially if you have type 1, which may come with more health risks.
*This article was reviewed by Jason R. McKnight, MD, MS, a family-medicine physician and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine.
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Exercise and physical activity are extremely beneficial for overall health. And if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, or may be at risk, the benefits are quite useful.
“Regular exercise is especially important for those living with diabetes,” says Alex Li, MD, an internal medicine specialist in Los Angeles.
But exercise can also present some complications for people with diabetes. Here’s how to create a safe, effective workout routine if you have diabetes.