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Posted by Ken on August 16, 2000 at 22:01:15:

In Reply to: Will exercise reduce my risk? posted by Rachel on August 15, 2000 at 00:59:39:

: Diabetes is hereditary in my family. I was wondering if regular exercise will greatly reduce my risk of getting diabetes.

It may not reduce your risk, but it certainly will help to maintain your health. Of course, any exercise program should be cleared with your doctor.

If you are talking about Type II (Type 2) diabetes, exercise does help to control blood sugar levels, but it alone will not protect you from getting it. Type II usually appears around or after the age of 40. It is also called insulin resistant because you still produce insulin, but it no longer works as well. Exercise helps to lower insulin resistance. With Type II you also may be producing insulin but not enough. Prescribed medication usually helps your pancreas to produce more insulin.

If you are talking about Type I (Type 1)where you produce no insulin and must take insulin injections, you are either born with it or develop it early in life. I don't know your age, and I assume you are past your 20's. Type I usually appears before the age of 20, but in some cases can appear as late as about 30.

Ken


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