Physical activity has many health benefits, especially for people living with diabetes. We already know that exercise can help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and can lower cholesterol levels. High cholesterol is an important risk factor for developing heart disease. Researchers from Korea have looked at the effects of continuing to be physically active as we get older. They found that older people who were physically active had less problems controlling their blood pressure. They also found that for people with diabetes, exercise helped to prevent blood sugar levels from becoming uncontrolled. The researchers concluded that continuing to be physically active as we grow older makes sense because of the positive health benefits. This new data adds to all the previous research that shows that exercise is good for our bodies and may reduce the need for expensive medicines as well. Going forward, perhaps we will see doctors prescribe exercise before medication.
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