There is good news for people with diabetes. Regular strength training can help you use insulin more effectively. Insulin is a hormone that allows blood sugar to enter your cells, where it is either used for energy, or stored for later. Regular strength training helps your body become more efficient at moving glucose from your bloodstream to your muscles. According to Dr. Tamara Hannon, “because strength training sensitizes muscles to insulin, they require less insulin to bring your blood sugar down.”
Strength training also helps weight loss. Strength training builds muscle, and the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, even when you are at rest. A research review in Biomed Research International in December of 2013 summarized that strength training builds muscle, and muscle requires more calories than fat just to maintain itself.
Another positive benefit of strength training is that it helps to strengthen your bones. People with diabetes are at an increased risk for fractures. Embarking on a regular strength training program will improve your bone strength, and also improve your balance.
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