Posted by: diabetescoalition | August 17, 2011

How Important is Activity with Diabetes?

By Mona Huff, Henry County KRDC Organizer

Recently, I attended a diabetic support group and the speaker talked about activity.  Although, she advocated activity for every person she said it was critical for the person with diabetes.  She presented us with an analogy that really stuck with me.

She told us to imagine that our clenched fist represented our muscles.  When we eat carbohydrates and it breaks down to sugar it cannot penetrate the muscles when they were like the closed fist.  So, the sugar stays in the blood stream causing the blood sugar to rise.  However, when we move our bodies and walk or do some other kind of exercise the fist (muscles) opens up and sugar can get into the muscles.  Not only does that keep the blood sugar at an acceptable level, but provides energy for us.  What a deal!

Now, that was a simple explanation but it makes sense to me.  I am trying to make sure that I have activity every day.  She also said that our activity was equally important to our daily food intake.  We will write that down and be careful with that, but then do no activity.  She encouraged us to get at least 30 minutes of exercise five times a week.  That can be broken up into ten or fifteen minute intervals if needed.  But get up and get moving.  Your muscles will be glad you did, but so will your blood sugar!

If you are diabetic and want to learn more about diabetes and how to thrive with the disease come to our coalition meeting the second Thursday of every month.  Starting on September 8, we will be having two meetings.  At the request of the community, we are starting an evening meeting, as well.  The times are 10:30 A.M. until noon or 7:00 P.M. until 8:30 P.M.  The meetings will be identical, so you can choose which one works with your schedule.  Come and learn how to become an advocate for diabetes and how to live a healthier lifestyle.

For more information–call me:

Mona Huff

Henry County Diabetes Community Organizer

6547 Bethlehem Road

Pleasureville, KY 40057

502-845-6849 or 502-706-0098

Monahuff.henrykipda@gmail.com

 

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