With type II diabetes, too much insilin is produced and the body does not make effective use of it. This is known as insulin resistance and it prohibits glucose from entering the muscle cells. In turn, glucose rises to abnormal levels in the blood. Thus, type II diabetes are non-insulin dependent.
Type II diabetes, unlike type I, which is genetic, is a degenerative illness that invades unhealthy bodies, usually those who are overweight. Because most people with type II diabetes don't begin to think about their health until the disease is diagnosed, the same techniques used for prevention - a healthy diet and regular exercise - are used to control its advance. Approximately 9 out of 10 cases of diabetets in the United States are type II and most commonly affect people over the age of 40.
Type II diabetes should exercise a minimum of five to six time per week. Exercise should be performed at a low intensity for about 40 to 60 minutes. Walking is highly recommended for type II diabetes. Other non-weight bearing activities should also be encouraged (water aerboics and indoor cycling).
In addition to aerobic exercise, type II diabetics should engage in strentth training and flexibilitu exercises as well.
Please speak to your physician to make sure exercise is the right choice for you. This is not intended