Is dieting or exercise better for the heart

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-08-2008
Is dieting or exercise better for the heart
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Sun, 10-27-2013 - 9:52am

Me and my husband have been discussing his heart after he just got diagnoesed with diabetes and I say he needs to exercise but he says that following a good diet is more important. What do you think and why?

Kay

Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Sun, 10-27-2013 - 10:51am

I think your subject title is a little misleading "Dieting"...;)...

After reading your post it was good to see following a healthy diet...:)...

I think it's a combination of both honestly.

Exercising and healthier eating.

I hope others chime in maybe so we can get the conversation rolling. 

<3

Nightangel
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-06-2010
Tue, 11-12-2013 - 7:18pm

I am a little late chiming in here, but as a diabetic since 2008 I would like to say that if I had to choose one or the other I would say exercise is more important than diet for a diabetic.   Both are really important, but I find that I can watch my diet very closely, but the drop in BS doesn't come as easily unless I exercise.  It doesn't have to be hard exercise.  I am almost 68 years old and I can't do a lot of strenuous exercise like a 30 year old.  I use my treadmill and elliptical at a rather slow pace compared to most.  But a couple hours later I get a nice drop in my glucose. 

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-06-2010
Tue, 11-12-2013 - 7:21pm

Nightangel -  I got a little chuckle out of the links you posted.  One said to get up and change the channel on the TV instead of using the remote.  I don't know how to change the channel without the remote!!!  LOL  Years ago when there was no remote to change the channel, my husband said that is what he has kids for!  LOL 

Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Sun, 11-17-2013 - 9:05pm

;)

I remember those days to!

Black and White TV no cable an antennae or rabbit ears or a coat hanger...

Nightangel
Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Sun, 11-17-2013 - 9:11pm

I have RA and OA and had a heart attack myself.
Recently I joined a Support Group (RA) big help and also have exercises a physiotherapist gave me.
I try to walk everyday although it can definitely be challenging. Also have Psoriasis to...
Recently got Shingles so that has been very difficult coping/dealing with...:(...

Nightangel
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-15-2014
Sat, 02-01-2014 - 12:59pm

Incorporating exercise into your daily routine, at least 30 minutes everyday, will save you from developing all sorts of heart disease. Make a conscious decision to care for your heart through exercise and a healthy diet. As you start your daily exercise, you are increasing your heart's strength.