Physical activity helps control blood glucose level for people with diabetes. Those who suffer from depression are less likely to exercise. As a result,  this impacts their ability to manage their diabetes.

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For people with type 2 diabetes, physical activity is one of the key lifestyle changes recommended to improve health, manage the disease, and avoid major complications. In fact, if you stay active throughout your life, you can better control your diabetes. This also helps to keep blood glucose in a healthy range. Controlling your blood glucose level is essential to prevent serious complications like nerve pain and kidney disease.

It is common for many people with type 2 diabetes to also have depression. Depression is a mood disorder that causes a long-term feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities you once loved. This study found that people with type 2 diabetes who experienced symptoms of depression did not participate in much physical activity. This study showed that participants without depression increased their number of steps per day by 592 steps when following an exercise program. The participants with symptoms of depression took many fewer steps following the same exercise program. They also did not increase their steps as much as those without depression. The researchers found that the more severe the depression, the fewer steps taken each day.

Why is this important? It shows that by managing depression, we can also increase the success of physical activity programs for people with diabetes. In turn, this would help more people with type 2 diabetes manage the disease through exercise. The first line of defense for people with type 2 diabetes often includes exercise and healthy eating. If someone is depressed and less likely to exercise, then that person has a higher chance of developing serious health complications along the way.

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