REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — Medical rehabilitation specialist from Dr. Hospital. Cipto Mangunkusumo Dr. Peggy, Sp.KFR, KR(K) gave advice on physical exercise for diabetic patients with obesity, namely not exercises where both feet are on the floor or ground.
“If you are obese, your body weight is usually excessive so the load on your joints becomes too much, what was not initially a joint disease becomes a joint disease,” he said at a health event on “Managing Diabetes with a Healthy Lifestyle” held by RSCM online, Tuesday (21/11/2023).
The physical exercise in question includes walking, jogging and jumping because it is very high for the load to occur on the joints, especially the two legs. Peggy said that for those who already have joint disease, this kind of exercise will make their joint disease worse.
On the other hand, joint disease is not only limited to the legs, but also extends to the waist, so diabetes patients with obesity and joint disease should do physical exercise that does not touch the ground.
Meanwhile, for diabetes patients without other diseases, continued Peggy, there is nothing to avoid. They can do physical exercise just like people without diabetes.
Peggy reminded that physical exercise is very important, especially for diabetes patients, in order to stimulate the natural release of the insulin hormone which can lead to a decrease in blood sugar levels.
“By doing physical exercise, we can stimulate insulin to come out, but using a different route from the drug route. So we can lower blood sugar levels in a more natural way or without drugs,” he said.
According to him, some patients whose blood sugar levels are still within tolerance limits can only make lifestyle modifications based on food and physical exercise to help control their sugar levels.
Meanwhile, other diabetes patients need additional medication in addition to lifestyle modifications to control their blood sugar.
“The pillars of diabetes management, apart from diet, are also a healthy lifestyle and physical exercise. Food must be balanced, there must also be a balance between input and output. Input is what we eat, output is the activities we do so that metabolism in the body is maintained,” he said. Peggy ordered.
In healthy people, a balance between input and output helps them avoid metabolic diseases, including not only diabetes but also hypertension, high cholesterol and obesity.
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