There is no single perfect exercise. But there are some types that burn more calories, some that are particularly helpful for developing strength and flexibility, and others that are especially beneficial for your cardiovascular system. Every exercise also has its downside or even risks. For people with heart disease or diabetes, some of the risks of particular types of exercise are important to know. The important thing is to find an activity that is beneficial, and of course fun, but one that won't worsen any of your complications or lead to new problems.
Some activities are not safe for people with certain complications or health issues.
People with untreated proliferative retinopathy should avoid any activity before their retinopathy is treated. Then get your provider's okay to exercise. Straining or jarring may cause further damage.
If you have peripheral neuropathy, avoid exercises that traumatize the feet, such as running, jogging, and high-impact aerobics. You may also be at a higher risk for injuring soft tissues and joints because you may not be able to feel when you've overstretched or overdone it. If you have autonomic neuropathy, do not exercise until your provider and perhaps an exercise specialist have given you the okay. Your body may not be able to compensate for the exertion of exercise. You may be at high risk for dehydration and low blood pressure. Your aerobic capacity— the ability of your heart, lungs, and blood vessels to support your muscles while they work—and your ability to achieve maximum heart rate may also be limited by neuropathy, so you may have to stick to activities of low in-
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