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Can Exercise Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?

How much does exercise reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes? People who are moderately physically active for 150 minutes a week have a 26% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who are inactive, a meta-analysis has shown,1 and a higher level of physical activity is associated with an even greater risk reduction.

Does exercise prevent diabetes? If you have diabetes, being active makes your body more sensitive to insulin (the hormone that allows cells in your body to use blood sugar for energy), which helps manage your diabetes. Physical activity also helps control blood sugar levels and lowers your risk of heart disease and nerve damage.

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