You shouldn’t think harsh of these doctors, they are usually only doing their job. But the fact that probably one third to half of all the people they would be seeing each and every day would be diabetic, or they are having to tell them they are a newly diagnosed diabetic, must after a while become somewhat ho hum to the doctor. They would probably even have an ‘off the pat’ line that they say to everyone, and if I’m really frank here, in my experience, I have yet to meet, or encounter a local general medical professional (family doctor) that keeps themselves up to date with diabetes research.
Because I am affected by type 2 diabetes, I find I take an active interest in the new research, new treatment techniques, natural means of treatment, and so on for type 2 diabetes. I often find when I talk to my doctor, I’m teaching her things about my disease. (Shouldn’t it be the other way around?) There is one particular doctor (Dr Mark Hyman) that is well known around the world who espouses the correct way to eat, and exercise (I’ve never had the privilege of actually meeting him, but I just love his teachings. If you follow his guidelines and strategies for weight loss and eating correctly, (how to choose the correct foods), you’ll learn more about your disease and how best to treat it.
Anyway, the point of this post is about exercise for type 2 diabetes. If you’re a person that has a BMI over 30, or your considered obese, morbidly obese, or even substantially overweight, then the thought of doing exercise to you may be quite repugnant and something you’d sooner avoid. But I’m here to tell you, that you really only have two choices, when it comes to exercise; Do it and enjoy the benefits (of which there are many) or don’t do it (and suffer the progressive impact of the diabetes conditions)
Having type 2 diabetes is a metabolic condition, most often associated with a poor lifestyle; such as eating the wrong foods, not eating enough good foods, being sedentary and /or lazy or perhaps just being too big to move.
I hate to tell you this, but if you have type 2 diabetes, you NEED to exercise.
Now what does that mean to you?
Well it could mean simply moving around more to begin with (particularly if you are morbidly obese), on the other hand it can mean finding some form of exercise that you can undertake on a regular (daily) basis that gives you some sense of pleasure. Mix it up, you don;t have to do the same thing every day. Add some music to it, watch a movie or a tv program on a phone or a tablet while you exercise. There is no excuse for not doing something to exercise your muscle groups. Set some goals for yourself and don’t make them about your weight or how much you want to lose, rather make them an aspect of your exercise. What I mean is if you decide you want to bike, set yourself some time, or distance goals and maybe even enter some form of community or competitive ride. There are so many activities open to you, that you owe it to yourself to control your illness and take back your life. Not the other way round.
So, as I finish this post, ask yourself; Do I want to end up on dialysis because my kidneys no longer function?
Do I want to have my foot amputated, because I’ve been so sedentary for so many years that I no longer have circulation or feeling in my feet and my wounds and infections no longer heal?
Do I want to go blind as a result of not controlling my blood sugars which cause the blood vessels in my eyes to burst ultimately leading to possible blindness?
Would you rather spend ten minutes to an hour a day, gradually making improvements in your health and fitness, your overall wellbeing, your ability to process sugar in the blood, improve your circulation and keep the ‘end symptoms’ of type 2 diabetes at bay.
Tell you what, there have been many a diabetic who got started with an exercise regime and ended up loving it more than they thought, to the extent that several years later, they have lost all the excess weight and are now extremely happy and physically strong and fit and actively competing at some level in their chosen pastime