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New Exercise Guidelines: What They Mean for Diabetics

There is no doubt that exercise is good for you, and for people with diabetes, the benefits go beyond just trimming your waistline. If you have diabetes, regular physical activity can help you manage your blood sugar levels better by relieving stress, aiding sleep, increasing energy, and more, According to the American Diabetes Association. Exercise can also help reduce the risk of diabetes complications.

“Exercise is the cheapest prescription,” he says. Osama Hamdi, MD, PhD, medical director of the Clinical Obesity Program and director of the inpatient diabetes program at the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston. “No co-payments required. No insurance required. Sometimes I write ‘workout’ on my prescription and give that to my patients.”

That’s why it’s important to note the newly released second edition of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, which experts say contains useful information for people managing diabetes. Namely, while most of the advice remains unchanged, the new guidance, released in mid-November 2018, offers more options on how to reach the minimum activity goals.

Related: New physical activity guidelines say we should move more throughout the day

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