1. Keep active
We’ll begin with exercise, because being physically active is the perfect team partner to a healthy diet in the management of type 2 diabetes. As well as being great for weight management and physical fitness, exercise helps to pump blood around the body, which in turn helps to keep the cardiovascular system (mainly the heart and lungs) healthy.
But not only that, being physically active by moving our muscles helps to use up the sugar in the blood (the muscles use sugar in the form of glucose) that can become too high in someone with type 2 diabetes.
The National Health Service recommend 150 minutes of moderately intense exercise per week, as well as at least two sessions of exercise that work the major muscles. Moderate exercise includes brisk walking, cycling, hiking and even dancing, and it should make you feel out of breath and hot. For more information see the National Health Service guidelines on exercise.
Taking regular exercise helps to keep the body healthy and can be effective in removing excess sugar from the bloodstream to be used by the muscles for energy.