Diabetes type 2 is caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, according to the NHS.
Not having enough insulin makes it harder for the body to convert sugar int he blood to useable energy.
Diabetes symptoms can include passing more urine than normal, feeling hungry even after eating, and extreme tiredness.
But, you could prevent complications of diabetes by doing more swimming, it’s been claimed.
Swimming is a great way for diabetes patients to improve cardiovascular fitness, according to Diabetes.co.uk.
The exercise puts less pressure on feet joints than some other sports, which is important because patients are at risk of foot-related complications.
“Swimming is a great way of improving cardiovascular fitness, with constant moving allowing for blood and oxygen to be pumped more efficiently,” said Diabetes.co.uk.
“Unlike sports such as football, rugby and golf, swimming does not strain your joints by having you expend energy and then rest.
“It also uses upper and lower body muscles at the same time, which could benefit people with diabetic neuropathy, who suffer from numbness.
“Intensity will vary, depending on your motivation for swimming, but per hour it can burn 350-420 calories and caution should be taken for beginners as hypoglycemic attacks can occur without proper preparation.”
Diabetics considering taking up swimming could exercise one or twice a week without excessive blood sugar management, it said.
If you have low blood sugar, try taking glucose tablets to give you a sugar boost, and then consume more sugar immediately after swimming, as well as a big meal later on.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet could help to reduce some symptoms of diabetes, the NHS said.
It’s important to take regular blood sugar tests to make sure your blood glucose levels are balanced.
Without proper management, diabetes can lead to some life-threatening complications, including kidney failure and cardiovascular disease.
The condition can also reduce the blood supply to your feet, which reduces the amount of feeling in your lower extremities.