Healthy Activities

You don't have to be an exercise person to benefit from an exercise plan.

When you're living with type 2 diabetes, a little physical activity can go a long way. But you don't have to wake up at five in the morning every day and jog 10 miles in the rain. You're not training for the Olympics after all. You're just trying to live healthier. And the good news is that you can do it at your own pace. Even doing 5–10 minutes of physical activity a day can be helpful to your blood sugar level.

Everyday Tips

If your doctor says it's OK for you to increase your physical activity, choose something you like to do. Maybe go for a hike, swim a few laps, play a round of golf or ride a bike for 30 minutes. Workouts won't seem like work at all when you're having fun.

Staying active is just one part of a good treatment plan. You also have to eat right and take your medication as your doctor prescribes. Together, they may help lower your blood sugar numbers. Managing your blood sugar is important as it may mean a lower A1C number.

Need some help to be more active? Sign up for My Well Planner, a free, online lifestyle improvement program. It can keep track of your health goals and help you reach them.

My Type 2 Diabetes Notebook: Exercise
Follow this non-athlete as he realizes that you don't have to be a marathon runner to benefit from an exercise plan

Here's a healthy activity you may be able to do today*

*It is important to check with your doctor first before starting any exercise program.

5. Today's Activity

When you're standing on line at store - or just standing - hold your abdominal muscles and count to 10. Repeat 3 times.

Here are some everyday activities you may consider:

  • Walk the dog
  • Tend your garden
  • Tidy up the house
  • Wash the car
  • Play with the kids


TRADJENTA is a prescription medicine that is used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes.

TRADJENTA is not for people with type 1 diabetes or for people with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in the blood or urine).

If you have had inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) in the past, it is not known if you have a higher chance of getting pancreatitis while you take TRADJENTA.


What is the most important information I should know about TRADJENTA?

Serious side effects can happen to people taking TRADJENTA, including inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), which may be severe and lead to death. Before you start taking TRADJENTA, tell your doctor if you have ever had pancreatitis, gallstones, a history of alcoholism, or high triglyceride levels.

Stop taking TRADJENTA and call your doctor right away if you have pain in your stomach area (abdomen) that is severe and will not go away. The pain may be felt going from your abdomen through to your back. The pain may happen with or without vomiting. These may be symptoms of pancreatitis.

Who should not take TRADJENTA?

Do not take TRADJENTA if you are allergic to linagliptin or any of the ingredients in TRADJENTA.

Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction to TRADJENTA may include rash, itching, flaking or peeling; raised red patches on your skin (hives); swelling of your face, lips, tongue and throat that may cause difficulty breathing or swallowing. If you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, stop taking TRADJENTA and call your doctor or go to the emergency room right away.

What should I tell my doctor before using TRADJENTA?

Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you have or have had inflammation of your pancreas (pancreatitis).

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. TRADJENTA may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how TRADJENTA works. Especially tell your doctor if you take

  • other medicines that can lower your blood sugar. If you take TRADJENTA with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar, such as sulfonylurea or insulin, your risk of getting low blood sugar is higher. The dose of your sulfonylurea or insulin may need to be lowered while you take TRADJENTA.
  • rifampin (Rifadin®, Rimactane®, Rifater®, Rifamate®)*, an antibiotic that is used to treat tuberculosis.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

What are the possible side effects of TRADJENTA?

TRADJENTA may cause serious side effects, including

  • Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis).
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), especially if you take TRADJENTA with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar. Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include headache, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, confusion, irritability, hunger, fast heartbeat, sweating, or feeling jittery.
  • Allergic (hypersensitivity) reactions can happen after your first dose or up to 3 months after starting TRADJENTA. Symptoms may include swelling of your face, lips, throat, and other areas on your skin; difficulty with swallowing or breathing; raised, red areas on your skin (hives); skin rash, itching, flaking, or peeling.

The most common side effects of TRADJENTA include stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, cough and diarrhea.

These are not all the possible side effects of TRADJENTA. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


For more safety information, please see Medication Guide and full Prescribing Information.

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