Frequently Asked Questions

21. Why is exercise important in controlling diabetes?

Exercise is especially good for people with diabetes because it

  • helps control weight
  • helps insulin work better to lower blood glucose
  • is good for your heart and lungs
  • gives you more energy.

Before you begin exercising, talk with your doctor. Your doctor may check your heart and your feet to be sure you have no special problems. If you have high blood pressure or eye problems, some exercises may not be safe. Your health care team can help you find safe exercises.