When I started managing my diabetes after diagnosis in 1998 it was all about one thing only: bringing down my blood sugars, which initially post prandial were in the 300 plus range, without having to take any oral medications.
In about a year I had achieved that goal, my Hba1c was 5.2 and random tests were never above about 140. The formula was simple though somewhat demanding: Restrict my carbs to ones low on the glycemic index, and go for a 40 minute brisk walk immediately after each of my three major meals throughout the day.
What happened though was that I became addicted to the walking and my new lifestyle, to the degree that if for any reason I had to miss a walk it made me feel unwell. I guess there is some chemical explanation for what happens when we do regular exercise, but I could best describe it as a sense of emotional well being.
Over time, though that was not my original priority, I lost weight, going from 224 lbs to 180 lbs.. That made me feel good about myself and also contributed to the sense of emotional well being. That again resulted in far less stress and worries, which as we know increases bg levels.
Of course it is not for everyone to do three brisk walks a day, or even to walk, but for those who have the ability, and miss out on the opportunity, you are missing out on something that not only could help you manage your diabetes type 2 without medications, but put your mind at rest.