Sunday, November 14, 2004

Journal Gazette | Exercise can reduce diabetes risk

Exercise can reduce diabetes risk: "Regular exercise is important for everyone. If you’re a diabetic, however, or at risk of developing diabetes, exercise isn’t just a good idea, it’s an absolute necessity.

Whether you’re a Type I diabetic (your body does not properly produce insulin) or a Type II (your body produces but is resistant to absorbing insulin), exercise can greatly improve your healthy self-management and also can reduce your risks of developing common diabetes complications.

If you’re not diabetic, don’t turn the page just yet. It’s important for you to know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 5 million cases of diabetes are undiagnosed.

Subsequently, many suffers don’t even realize they have the disease until a complication presents itself. Scarier still are the 20 million to 30 million Americans who are estimated to have impaired glucose tolerance or “early diabetes.”

By Eugenie Jones
Scripps Howard News Service

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