It is impossible to give a universal answer because the effects of exercise and nutrition on diabetic patients can differ based on their individual circumstances, such as weight, age and other complications.
Both nutrition and exercise are important in controlling diabetes and maintaining good health. Below is a list of ways each factor can impact diabetes in patients younger than 65.
- A balanced diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean protein, healthy fats, and other nutrients can regulate blood sugar and help reduce risk for complications such as nerve damage and heart disease.
- Consuming high levels of sugar, saturated, trans and/or sodium foods can cause spikes in blood sugar and increase your risk for developing diabetes.
- Regular exercise is a great way to improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar. It can also reduce your risk of developing heart disease or other complications related to diabetes.
- The effects of sitting too long can cause blood sugar and other health problems.
Both nutrition and exercise play a key role in diabetes management and overall health promotion in patients under 65 years old. Diabetes patients are encouraged to work with their healthcare teams to design a plan that includes healthy eating habits and regular exercise.