Well the short answer is because EVERYONE who is able-bodied should lead an active lifestyle. The long answer…
If you stay fit and active throughout your life, you’ll be able to better control your diabetes and keep your blood glucose level in the correct range, which is essential in preventing long-term complications, such as nerve damage, kidney failure, etc.
While exercise has a laundry list of benefits, it is especially beneficial in that it makes it easier to control your blood glucose levels. As type 2 diabetics, we have too much blood glucose. Exercising helps your muscles get the glucose they need, and as a result, your blood glucose levels go down!
Exercise keeps your heart healthy and strong, which is a big plus, because unfortunately as type 2 diabetics, we are susceptible to developing blocked arteries (arteriosclerosis). This can lead to a heart attack, which we all know is not good.
I know, sometimes exercise can be daunting. But it’s necessary, and if you stick with it, it becomes a habit, and you will be healthier for it. I hate to sound like an extremist but people who don’t find the time to exercise now, could potentially someday have to find the time for illness. Ward it off now, as best as you can.
Exercising helps me feel empowered because, like I have said, I can do EVERYTHING right and still face complications (due to the nature of Diabetes), but by living a healthier lifestyle, staying active, being conscious of what and how much I eat, all of these things and more stack the odds FOR me, not AGAINST me. And considering I was diagnosed at age 29, at a mere 111 lbs on a 5’1 frame, I am all for giving myself the best chance I can.
I do NOT want to look back and say “I wish I would have….” So I don’t wish. I DO. And I am better off for it.