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Healthcare professionals working in diabetes can click below for information on pattern analysis, clinical evidence, case studies and Accu-Chek product solutions.

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This website for under 18's from Roche Diabetes Care contains some great interactive tools to help you and your family learn more about diabetes and encourage you to get more involved.

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Exercise for diabetes

Physical exercise stimulates insulin and can be used as a method to balance blood glucose levels and decrease the risk of diabetes complications. In fact, research shows that physical activity could even help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.1

Eating typically raises your blood glucose, while diabetes medications and physical activity lower it. During physical activity, your muscles use the glucose in your blood for energy. Insulin circulating the body allows glucose into the cells.

Before any physical activity, make sure you talk to your healthcare professional, balance your food, and understand your insulin needs. Eating 1 to 2 hours before activity can help keep your blood glucose from becoming too low. You may need extra food to maintain the increased level of glucose your body needs for energy when you are physically active. Remember to take a snack with you anytime you may be active for long periods of time.

Exercising for the long run

You may not win a marathon or take home a gold medal, but being someone with diabetes, it is important to know that exercise is truly rewarding. In fact, you may be surprised to find out just how well exercise can help you control your blood glucose. Not to mention all of the physical and mental benefits exercise has to offer, including:

  • Healthier heart
  • Stronger bones
  • Weight control
  • Improved sense of well-being
  • Alleviation of aches and pains

These are some pretty good reasons to kick your exercise programme into gear. Remember, if you are just starting out, you should always pace yourself. Increase the frequency, intensity and duration of your programme as you begin to feel fitter. Start out by exercising 4 or 5 times a week for just 10 to 20 minutes and gradually lengthen the time as you feel able.

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