Four Workouts That Help Manage Your Type 2 Diabete

Type 2 diabetics are often encouraged to move more. Pouya Shafipour, M.D., a family and obesity medicine expert at Providence Saint John's Health Centre in Santa Monica, California, says physical activity has many benefits, especially for individuals over 50.

Sometimes called cardiovascular exercise or cardio, aerobic exercise improves the function of your cardiovascular system in several ways, including better oxygen delivery throughout the body, improved blood flow, and lowered inflammation.

Aerobic Exercise

Diabetes is an independent risk factor for low muscle strength, as well as a decline in overall muscle function, according to the ADA. When you add age-related changes into the mix, strength training is more crucial if you’re living with type 2 diabetes and you’re over age 50.

Strength Training

Two issues that tend to exacerbate type 2 diabetes symptoms are chronic stress and sleep disruption, according to Dr. Shafipour. Both of these tend to throw off hormone regulation and prompt inflammation, he says, which can make it more difficult to manage the condition.


 Interval or circuit training can vary widely in terms of which exercises are done, how long a workout can be, and what level of intensity you choose. Interval training can improve overall type 2 diabetes management as well as deliver benefits like reversing age-related changes, increasing endurance, and improving cardiovascular fitness.

Interval or Circuit Training

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