Diabetes & Fitness: Get Fit, Stay Fit!

Amine Dib
International Fitness Expert
AFAA – ACE – ACSM certified

Having diabetes was never a barrier to actively enjoying sports, exercise and fitness training in general. People with Diabetes have accomplished some of the highest sporting achievements in many high-level competitions and world championships. Sports, or exercise of any kind, are an essential part of diabetes management, and it can help in many ways especially
by making it easier
for the body to use insulin, lowering the risk of complications, tension and stress and controlling your weight.

Remember that better fitness means better response to insulin and better control of blood sugar levels.

Below, the two main training categories that all individuals need to be involved in despite the common life obstacles: Time management, long working hours, and minor medical situations


In scientific studies, it has been found that strength training such as weight lifting improves insulin sensitivity in those individuals with diabetes to the same extent that aerobic exercise does. Extended periods of strength training improve blood sugar control. In fact, in those people with diabetes, strength training in combination with aerobic exercise may be even more beneficial.

Talk to your doctor before you start any exercise program.


Also known as cardio training, such as walking, jogging or biking, involves exercise in which a person’s heart rate increases to a higher rate than normal. This type of workout, also called aerobic exercise, can be especially beneficial for people with diabetes because it can help burn extra glucose in the body and decrease insulin resistance.

As always, people with diabetes should keep their doctors well informed of anything that can affect their health. Exercise falls into this category. Talk to your doctor about what kind of exercise is best for you, and be sure to discuss any questions or concerns that arise as your exercise program progresses especially staying alert of any signs or symptoms of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia.

P.S. As with any type of exercise, always warm up before exercising and then take time to cool down afterward.

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