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Exercise can lower blood sugar, help control weight and boost your mood. It can also improve blood flow, lower blood pressure, and improve heart health. Even a small amount of regular activity can have a big impact on your health.

What Can Exercise Help?

  • Blood sugar: Regular exercise improves blood sugar control by helping your body use insulin.

  • Mental and emotional health: Physical activity relieves stress and helps you sleep better.

  • Heart health: With regular exercise, you can reduce your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. You can also improve your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

  • Weight: Exercise helps you lose fat, gain muscle, and control your weight.

  • Health of blood vessels and nerves: Activity helps lower blood sugar. This helps prevent damage to blood vessels and nerves that can cause problems with your brain, eyes, feet, and legs.

  • Finances: If you manage your blood sugar, you may spend less on medical care.

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    Indications and Usage for Lantus® (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection)

    Prescription Lantus® is a long-acting insulin used to treat adults with type 2 diabetes and adults and children (6 years and older) with type 1 diabetes for the control of high blood sugar. It should be taken once a day at the same time each day to lower blood glucose.

    Do not use Lantus® to treat diabetic ketoacidosis.

    Important Safety Information for Lantus® (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection)

    Do not take Lantus® if you are allergic to insulin or any of the inactive ingredients in Lantus®.

    You must test your blood sugar levels while using insulin, such as Lantus®. Do not make any changes to your dose or type of insulin without talking to your healthcare provider. Any change of insulin should be made cautiously and only under medical supervision.

    Do NOT dilute or mix Lantus® with any other insulin or solution. It will not work as intended and you may lose blood sugar control, which could be serious. Lantus® must only be used if the solution is clear and colorless with no particles visible. Do not share needles, insulin pens or syringes with others.

    The most common side effect of insulin, including Lantus®, is low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which may be serious. Some people may experience symptoms such as shaking, sweating, fast heartbeat, and blurred vision. Severe hypoglycemia may be serious and life threatening. It may cause harm to your heart or brain. Other possible side effects may include injection site reactions, including changes in fat tissue at the injection site, and allergic reactions, including itching and rash. In rare cases, some allergic reactions may be life threatening.

    Tell your doctor about other medicines and supplements you are taking because they can change the way insulin works. Before starting Lantus®, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions including if you have liver or kidney problems, are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed.

    Lantus® SoloSTAR® is a disposable prefilled insulin pen. Please talk to your healthcare provider about proper injection technique and follow instructions in the Instruction Leaflet that accompanies the pen.

    Please click here or the link below for the full prescribing information for Lantus®

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Two Types of Exercise

Two types of exercise help your body use blood sugar. Experts advise both types of exercise for people with diabetes.

  • Aerobic exercise. This is a rhythmic, repeated, continued movement of large muscle groups for at least 10 minutes at a time. Examples include walking, bicycling, jogging, swimming, water aerobics, and many sports.

  • Resistance exercise (strength training). This type of exercise uses muscles to move weight or work against resistance. You can do it with free weights, machines, resistance tubing or your own body weight.

A Goal to Shoot For

Your main goal is to become more active. Even a little bit helps. Choose an activity that you like. Walking is one great form of exercise that everyone can do. Talk to your doctor about any limits you may have before starting with an exercise program. Then aim for 30 minutes of activity most days of the week.

Getting Activity into Your Day

Being more active doesn’t have to be hard work. Try these to get more activity into your day:

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator

  • Garden, do housework, and yard work

  • Choose a parking space farther from the store

  • Walk to talk to a co-worker instead of calling

  • Take a 10-minute walk around the block at lunch

  • Walk to a bus stop a little farther from your home or office

  • Walk the dog after dinner

Medical Reviewer: Chambers, Jeanette K, PhD, RN, CS; DeLeuw, Bonnie, RN, BSN, CDE Last Annual Review Date: April 2, 2012 Copyright: © 2000-2013 Krames StayWell, 780 Township Line Road, Yardley, PA 19067. All rights reserved. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.

Reference: Diabetes section on Better Medicine

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