Why is exercise important for people with diabetes?

Warum ist Bewegung für Diabetiker wichtig?

It is important for people who have diabetes to be physically active and maintain a healthy lifestyle on a regular basis to maintain their health and well-being and reduce the risk of complications.  

Exercise has many positive effects for people with diabetes, especially these:  

  • Improved insulin sensitivity:  

Physical activity makes the body's cells more responsive to the insulin produced by the pancreas. This allows the blood sugar level to be better regulated.  

  • Lowering blood sugar levels:  

Exercise can also lower blood sugar levels by transporting glucose into the muscles. There it is used for energy production.  

  • weight management:  

Regular physical activity can help control or reduce body weight, which is especially important as obesity is a major risk factor for developing diabetes.  

  • Improved Heart Health:  

Diabetes increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. However, regular physical activity can help reduce the risk of these conditions by lowering blood pressure, raising HDL cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol) and lowering LDL cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol).  

  • Improved Mental Health:  

Physical activity can also help improve mood and overall well-being.  

Is exercise also recommended for people with diabetic foot syndrome?  

Exercise is also important for people with diabetic foot syndrome, but special attention must be paid to the type and intensity of physical activity.  

Diabetic foot syndrome occurs due to nerve damage and poor blood circulation in people with diabetes, which can lead to sensory disturbances and sores on the feet.  

Symptoms of Diabetic Foot Syndrome (DFS):  

  • Numbness or tingling in the feet or legs  
  • pain or burning in the feet  
  • sores or ulcers on the feet  
  • Changes in skin color or temperature on the feet and legs  
  • changes in the nails  
  • weakness in the legs  

Regular physical activity can help improve blood flow and nerve function, which can reduce the risk of complications like developing diabetic foot or Charcot foot. In addition, targeted exercises can improve muscle strength and coordination. This improves stability and balance, reducing the risk of falling and injury.  

When choosing physical activities, sports and exercises that put too much stress on the feet and increase the risk of injury should be avoided. Low-impact activities such as cycling, yoga or walking on level ground are recommended.  

It's also important for people with DFS to check their feet regularly and see their doctor right away if there are any signs of injury or infection. In addition, regular examinations by a podiatrist can help to identify and treat emerging problems at an early stage. This also includes the temperature measurement.  

What is the purpose of measuring the temperature of the feet?  

Elevated temperature values ​​can indicate possible incipient inflammation, which can lead to complications in patients with diabetic foot syndrome, for example. In addition to daily foot checks, several studies have shown the positive effects of regular plantar temperature measurements.  

The studies mentioned below were not carried out with intelligent shoe inserts.  

The first indications of this came as early as 1975 in a study by Bergtholdt and Brand .  

The International Working Group on Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) led by Prof. Dr. Bus has already included regular foot temperature checks as a recommendation in its guidelines .  

Further studies indicate that over 70% (sometimes even over 90%) of foot complications were detected early through temperature measurements.  

How can the intelligent shoe inserts from osentec support?  


The intelligent shoe inserts from osentec use tiny sensors to measure the temperature of the soles of the feet and detect differences from as little as 0.1°C. The associated app compares the recorded values ​​with each other and sends a message as soon as the temperature differences last longer than 48 hours. In this way, we support the initiation of measures at an early stage and thus a preventive reaction to possible ulcers and wounds.

We would be happy to advise you on the advantages of an accompanying measure using our intelligent shoe inserts. Visit our osentec website for more information on how the insoles work and how they can contribute to well-being. you can reach us at info@osentec.de and by telephone on 0395 3511 6213.