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Diabetes Standards of Care and Resources for Clinicians and Educators

Physical Activity

Physical activity is important for achieving glycemic control goals, and it is a core component of diabetes self-management. Physical activity improves strength and endurance, improves insulin action, lowers blood glucose levels, improves body mass index, and reduces depression.

Any increase in physical activity is beneficial for patients. Physical activity does not have to be limited to structured aerobic or resistance exercise; it includes activities such as walking, gardening, dancing and any movement of the body that uses energy.

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