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You can safely exercise when you have
diabetes. Here are some tips.
Start slowly so that you don't
overdo it. Build up your exercise program bit by bit, and aim for at least 2½
hours a week of
moderate activity. Or try to do
vigorous activity for at least 1¼ hours a
week.1 It's fine to be active in blocks of 10 minutes
or more throughout your day and week.
If you take certain pills
used to treat type 2 diabetes or if you take insulin:2
For more information, see the topic Fitness: Getting and Staying Active.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2008).
2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (ODPHP
Publication No. U0036). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.
Colberg SR, et al. (2010). Exercise and type 2 diabetes: The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Diabetes Association: Joint position statement. Diabetes Care, 33(12): e147–e167.
July 19, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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