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Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes

SCAN Fact Sheet with dietary recommendations for Type 2 Diabetics who are exercising


An Evidence-Based resource from the Wellness and Cardiovascular Health subunit of SCAN.

Did you know that aerobic activity, strength training, and stretching all have unique benefits? One of the greatest benefits of exercise is that it can help prevent diabetes or it can help you manage diabetes if you have it. You can start by being more active every day. Get up and move as often as possible. Mix it up! Try walking, swimming, dancing, cycling, boxing, weightlifting, or any variety of activities to find the ones you enjoy.

Length: 1 page, single-sided

Intended Audience: Patients/Clients, Public

Key Words: Diabetes, Exercise, Physical Activity, Weight Management, Blood Glucose

Written by SCAN registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) to provide nutrition guidance. The key to optimal meal planning is individualization. Contact a SCAN RDN for personalized nutrition plans. Access “Find a SCAN RDN” at or by phone at 800.249.2875.

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