The American Heart Association recommends 40 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity three or four times a week. This will help ensure lowering of blood pressure and cholesterol.

Individuals with Type 2 diabetes should aim for about 30 minutes of exercise at least five days a week, according to the American Diabetes Association.

There are several benefits to daily exercise for an diabetic individual.


  • General feeling of well being
  • Reduces stress levels
  • Helps maintain healthy weight
  • Helps lower blood pressure
  • Helps reduce risk of heart disease

Safety checks before starting Exercise

  • Get clearance from your treating doctor about the exercise you want to take up. Start slowly and gradually increase.
  • It is always advisable to check one?s blood sugar before and after exercise initially.
  • Make sure to warm up and also cool down before and after exercise.
  • It is very important to stay hydrated. Make sure to drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise.
  • It is always advisable to be prepared for any episodes of low blood sugar. Keep a chocolate bar or glucose packet in your pocket.
  • Carry your Diabetic I Card with you.
  • Carry your mobile phone with you.
  • It is very important to wear appropriate shoes and socks. Feet to be protected at all times.

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