Suffering From Chronic Disease? Do Regular Exercise

If you are suffering from chronic disease such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, bronchial asthma, arthritis, back pain etc. you may be in dilemma, if you can do exercise and what type of exercise you can do. What exercise is safe for you with a chronic disease.

Exercise helps to improve your chronic medical problem and provide you relief. Exercise help different chronic diseases in different ways and it is important for all who suffer from chronic disease to know the basics of health benefits of exercise.

Exercise is helpful in the following ways:

  • Heart disease: heart is mainly made of muscles, known as cardiac muscles, although the cardiac muscles are fundamentally different from common skeletal muscles. Nonetheless, they are muscles and regular challenge and use of these cardiac muscles with exercise helps to improve their strength.
  • Hypertension: regular exercise is a good remedy for hypertension. Regular exercise improves blood flow to all the organs of the body and prevents deposition of cholesterol and improves the conditions of blood vessel walls.
  • Diabetes: exercise help better utilization of insulin, which is in short supply in diabetes or there is insulin resistance, i. e. more insulin is required to metabolize a particular amount of carbohydrate. During exercise body muscles utilize glucose without the need of insulin, which spares the scarce insulin in diabetes patients and help in controlling blood sugar level.
  • Bronchial asthma: regular exercise helps in reducing frequency and severity of asthma. However, take care not to get exposed to cold during exercise in winter, which may aggravate asthma and take adequate precautions before exercise.
  • Arthritis: moderate exercise is advised by rheumatologists for arthritis to reduce joint stiffness, and to improve muscle strength.
  • Backache: a word of caution before going for exercise in backache. During acute backache, exercise is contraindicated, and one should never do exercise during acute backache, because it will be harmful. In acute backache absolute bed rest is advised. After acute phase is over, exercise can be started gradually. Start exercise which can strengthen back muscle. Take help of professional trainer.

If you are suffering from a particular chronic disease, you may not be able to do all types of exercises. Consult your doctor and physiotherapist, before starting an exercise regimen. For example, if you have low backache or arthritis, avoid weight bearing exercise. If you have heart disease, avoid any severe exercise. If you have asthma, avoid swimming, as it may expose you to cold, especially during winter.

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