A full 61% of diabetics surveyed do not engage in regular physical activity, compared with 58% of non-diabetics. This, according to a new report published in this month's issue of Diabetes Care. Since exercise is one of the best things a diabetic can do to manage their disease, most are either not getting the message or are ignoring it.
Lead researcher Elaine Morrato, MPH, DRPh stated "Exercise has been shown to be instrumental in preventing diabetes among people at high risk and in helping to manage symptoms in people with the disease."
Researchers from the Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group found that diet and regular exercise were MORE effective than the most popularly prescribed medication treatment in type 2 diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association recommends 30 minutes a day of aerobic exercise, at least 5 times a week or 2.5 hours of regular physical exercise a week.