Welcome to M.V Hospital for Diabetes, established by late Prof. M.Viswanathan, Doyen of Diabetology in India in 1954 as a general hospital. In 1971 it became a hospital exclusively for Diabetes care. It has, at present,100 beds for the treatment of diabetes and its complications.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Have Diabetes? Stay Active

Being active increases the amount of glucose that your muscles can use for energy. This results in lowering the level of glucose in the blood. Increasing physical activity can improve control of blood glucose by allowing the body to use insulin or oral medication more effectively. Over a period of time it may help you to reduce your medication.

Regular physical activity helps a person to maintain a healthy weight which is very important for  diabetes control. Activities can be labelled according to their levels of intensity. So, there are moderate activities , vigorous activities as well as muscle strengthening activities.

Activities to strengthen muscles

Lift weights using plastic bottles or cans as weights. Gardening activities such as shovelling  and digging can tone and strengthen the muscles. Use resistance bands. Work out with push ups  and sit ups where you use your body weight  for resistance. Carry or move heavy loads such as furniture or groceries. Practice yoga asanas.


 Moderate intensity aerobic activities

Activities such as brisk walking, cycling on level ground, hiking, mowing the lawn or volley ball make the heart beat faster and increase the heart rate. You breathe faster and you can talk but not sing words to a song.


Vigorous intensity aerobic activity  

Running , swimming ,skipping, martial arts, fast  cycling,  tennis , volley ball and football  make you breathe hard and fast, increase  the heart rate and you can speak  only a few words without taking a breath.


Exercise every day. 

Vary your activities so that your routine does not become monotonous.
  • A minimum of two and a half hours of moderate aerobic activity in a week along with muscle strengthening activities that target  all muscle groups  for at least  2 days in  a week .
  • a minimum of one and a quarter hours of vigorous intensity aerobic activities in a week  along with  muscle strengthening  for at least 2 days a week.
  • A mix of moderate and vigorous aerobic activities Plus muscle strengthening at least 2 days a week.

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