Yes, being physically inactive can raise your risk of getting type 2 diabetes.
Being physically active and exercising regularly are important ways to lower your risk of getting type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that the best ways to lower your risk are:
- Exercise for at least 2 hours and 30 minutes each week – This can be broken out however you would like. For example, you could exercise for 30 minutes 5 days each week. Or you could do it for 1 hour 3 days each week. Whatever works best for you.
- Eat a healthy diet – Reduce the number of calories you eat each day. This can also help you lose weight.
- Be a healthy weight – If you are overweight or obese, do your best to lose weight.
These things can also help you manage your diabetes if you already have it.
Exercise most every day to keep type 2 diabetes away!