Diabetes and Exercise
by Richard Rossbauer
Exercise helps to get glucose into muscle tissue, because contracting
muscle does not need insulin to absorb glucose. With moderate exercising, your
muscles take up glucose at almost 20 times the normal rate compared to short
burst of exercise, such as a quick sprint.
someone learns they have diabetes one of the first things
the doctor will tell them is that they need to change
Lack of exercise and obesity
are some of the reasons for the disease.
Adult diabetes, also known
as Type 2 Diabetes, is becoming more common with the
increasing number of elderly Americans.
It is well known that Type 2 Diabetics have had complete
symptom remission after achieving a significant
reduction in weight - typically due to
If you have been living the life of a couch potato, it is hard to
get up and exercise, as we should. But you must
understand that it is a must that you get up and start.
It's your life we are talking about, so this
should be the biggest motivation you need to get up and
Unlike type 1, Type 2 Diabetes
can usually be controlled with diet, and exercise. Most health care providers
recommend good nutrition and exercise as treatment for those in early
stages of Type 2 Diabetes.
When exercising, the body
needs extra energy or fuel in the form of glucose for
the exercising muscles. Research shows that with
continued moderate exercising, however, your muscles take up glucose. lowering blood glucose levels.
the cells are unable to get adequate amounts of glucose,
there is a detrimental effect on tissues and organs.
This is diabetes.
Too much sugar, which provides glucose, can cause irregularities in the
insulin response. One of a variety of sugar substitutes
is Stevia, a plant that is many times sweeter
than sugar, and apparently does not have negative
effects on insulin levels.
You may also consider Chromium supplements, which can improve insulin
resistance in muscle cells. When the blood glucose levels begin to rise, it's the job
of insulin to push muscle and fat cells to absorb whatever
glucose they need for future activities whereas any surplus will be stored
by the liver.
Insulin stimulates muscle cells and other body cells to
remove glucose from the blood and convert the glucose to glycogen, a kind of
starch, and then store the glycogen.
Always check with your physician before beginning any
exercise program. Start your exercise program slowly with a low-impact
exercise such as walking, swimming or biking.
You should exercise at least three to four times per week for 20 to 40
minutes each session. It would be best for you to exercise every day. A
good exercise program should include 5 to 10 minutes warm-up and at least 15 to
30 minutes of continuous aerobic exercise, followed by 5-minutes cool down.
One of the side effects you'll have is you'll sleep better and feel more
rested than before you started exercising.
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