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Walking Can Help Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Type 2 Diabetes

Walking promotes weight loss; weight loss helps to prevent serious conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes affects every organ system in the body. The bodyÂ’s cells become resistant to the bodyÂ’s insulin that is produced in the pancreas. Simply walking on a regular basis and watching what you eat can prevent you from ever developing type 2 diabetes in the first place.

Note to readers: Follow whatever advice your doctor has given you. This article is not meant to treat diabetes, it is for information only.

Walking promotes weight loss; weight loss helps to prevent serious conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  Type 2 diabetes affects every organ system in the body. The body’s cells become resistant to the body’s insulin that is produced in the pancreas. Simply walking on a regular basis and watching what you eat can prevent you from ever developing type 2 diabetes in the first place.

Let’s focus on diabetes type 2 for now.  Type 2 diabetes affects the heart and blood vessels. It causes high blood pressure which stresses the kidneys as well as the other organs in the body. It’s not necessary to follow a stringent diet; just making healthy changes to your regular eating plan is usually enough to make a huge difference in the life of a type 2 diabetic. 

It is important to eat healthy, and get regular exercise. Walking is one of the most effective forms of exercise to help promote health and weight loss.  It is also important to take your medications (if prescribed) as ordered by your physician. Just as important as walking, eating right and taking your medications as ordered is to keep a check on your blood glucose level. Your doctor may suggest that you check your blood glucose level 3 to 4 times a day. It can literally be a pain to stick your fingers every day to check your blood sugar, but you will get accustomed to it. There are areas on your fingers that are less sensitive than others. The sides of your fingers are usually best to stick because it doesn’t hurt as bad. You can also stick places on your forearm with some types of glucometers, which don’t hurt much at all.

Most people who have diabetes type 2 are overweight. This is why healthy eating and getting regular exercise is important. Walking is the easiest way of getting regular exercise.  You might be de-conditioned when you first start walking, so it is important to start out slow. You might start out walking for 15 minutes and then work up to 30 minutes. This factoid writer was very de-conditioned, but now she walks 1 hour and 15 minutes every day that it doesn’t rain.

If you are a type 2 diabetic or you have cardiovascular disease, ask your doctor about how much exercise you should get in a day, and what type of exercise would be best. If you are able to walk short distances, you may benefit from walking and increasing your time as your body gets stronger.

Sources:

Diabetes.niddk.nih.gov

Everydayhealth.com

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Comments (3)

yes this is so true thank you

Walking is so beneficial we should do it more often, not just for physical health, but mental health. I find it more enjoyable to walk in the park or natural area.

I Love walking out here in the country.

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