Question: What kind of exercise program is best for someone with type 2 diabetes?
Answer: The situation in type 2 diabetes is different from the situation in type 1 diabetes, because there we are actually prescribing exercise as part of their treatment program.Many people with type 2 diabetes are overweight and have insulin resistance. And exercise assists with weight reduction and weight maintenance programs and it also improves the body's sensitivity to insulin.
The best type of exercise is generally what we call moderate-intensity exercise such as brisk walking, or cycling, or swimming. But we also recommend that people do a variety of exercises such as some strength training, flexibility exercises. But the basic recommendation for people with type 2 diabetes is moderate intensity exercise that they can sustain over a fairly long period of time.