Exercising with Type 2 Diabetes

About 24 million Americans have type 2 diabetes and even more are at risk of developing it — upwards of 79 million Americans! Insulin is needed to allow blood sugar to enter the tissues of the body where it can be stored or used for energy. The problem in type 2 diabetes is that the main tissues that use blood sugar (muscles) or store it (fat cells) are not very sensitive to the insulin present in the blood, resulting in high levels of sugar in the blood.

Read our two-page handout, “Exercising with Type 2 Diabetes”, contributed to Athletes and the Arts and created by Exercise is Medicine (EIM), a global health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

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