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The best sports to try if you have type 2 diabetes

If you have type 2 diabetes, you probably already know the benefits of getting active. Regular exercise will help you maintain a healthy weight and regulate your blood glucose levels, as well as helping reduce your risk of diabetes-related complications.

For people who don’t yet have diabetes, but have been told they’re at high risk, there is an even greater incentive. According to the UK Chief Medical Officers’ Guidelines, physical activity can slash your chance of type 2 diabetes by up to 40%.

In our recent survey of 281 health professionals, a number of different physical activities were highly recommended by doctors. Top of the list were cycling (recommended by 71% of doctors), badminton (67%), and gymnastics/dance/Zumba® (64%). All of these are fun aerobic exercises likely to get your heart rate up.

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