Type 2 diabetes happens when the body is no longer able to absorb enough blood sugar from the body.
Sufferers may first notice the condition when they develop symptoms such as increased thirst, unexplained weight loss and fatigue.
Treatment involves making changes to the sufferers diet and lifestyle, as some of the main risk factors for developing the condition include an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise.
Making these changes helps get blood sugar under control and could even ‘cure’ the condition, according to researchers at Newcastle University.
Taking up swimming will help combat the condition, says Everyday Health.
People with diabetes must avoid foot injuries, even minor cuts or blisters, because they can be slow to heal and are prone to infection.
Swimming is ideal for sufferers as it is an aerobic exercise and does not put pressure on your joints.
“Swimming is easier on your feet than other forms of exercise, such as walking or jogging,” adds Everyday Health.
“Very often diabetes reduces blood flow to the small blood vessels of your extremities, and you can lose sensation in your feet as a result.
“People with diabetes must avoid foot injuries, even minor cuts or blisters, because they can be slow to heal and are prone to infection.”
Diabetes UK suggests that you should start any new exercise gently, working up to 30 minutes a day of moderate intensity, five days a week.
It adds that this doesn’t have to be all in one go.
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