Zumba is an exercise fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez during the 1990s. A Zumba class combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body using principles from aerobic and fitness to achieve cardio and muscle-toning benefits. If you have diabetes, Zumba is a great way to lose weight and build muscle. Your blood sugars will go down as your energy level soars.