Weight lifting is an amazing exercise for people with diabetes. If you participate in weight lifting or other resistance exercises, you are gaining benefits beyond blood glucose reduction.
In her article, Why women should lift weights, Melina Sacks explains why resistance exercise is so good for all of us.
As you read through this list, many of the benefits will be obvious to you. However we want to emphasize her bullet point about osteoporosis. Diabetics have more osteoporosis, or bone loss. People who lift weights may fend off bone loss.
Pumping iron, using resistance bands, doing calisthenics, or working out with exercise machines at a gym have the potential to battle osteoporosis and other forms of arthritis that diabetes may be fueling. Your jawbone may thank you someday, as well as your knee, hip, ankle, spine and hand joints.