Prevent Diabetes With This Exercise

Diabetes is a lifelong disease which causes your body’s blood sugar (glucose) levels to rise higher than normal. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes which makes your body unable to process insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone created in your pancreas that allows your muscles to use up your body’s blood sugar (glucose) for energy.

If your body is insulin resistant, the muscle tissue can’t take in the blood sugar (glucose) produced for energy. This can eventually result in high blood sugar, obesity, and diabetes.

To avoid type 2 diabetes people often take on a cardio workout regime. Cardio workouts are thought to be the fastest way to burn calories and excess fat. The trouble is that cardio workouts also burn muscle, and we now know, are not the best way to lose weight or curb diabetes.

The muscle tissues are one of the major “consumers” of blood glucose. They actively demand and clear sugar from the blood. When you do not have enough muscle mass, that blood sugar is much more difficult to clear.

And what the body really needs when it’s insulin resistant is more demand for blood sugar (glucose) from the muscles.

So if you adopt a muscle-building exercise regime (through resistance training), instead of primarily a cardio exercise regime, your body will build more muscle and your blood sugar will improve.

The more muscle you have, the more your muscle responds to insulin, which is what you want. Your body will naturally demand more blood sugar (glucose), making you sensitive to insulin instead of resistant to it.

A National Health and Nutrition survey, which is an annual study used to determine the spread of major diseases and the risks to getting them, examined 13,000 adults and found that for every 10% increase of muscle mass there is an 11% reduction in insulin resistance, resulting in a whopping 12% reduction in pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes means a person is at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This condition also means a person is more likely to get heart disease and/or suffer a stroke. 

Major health studies conclude that building muscle raises one’s metabolism, improves strength, reduces osteoporosis, and of course it gives one a more attractive figure.

Resistance exercise training consists of lifting weights, rowing, stairmaster, exercise bicycling, the list is endless. Visit your local gym and talk to a physical therapist or trainer to discover what kind of resistance training program appeals to you. If you enjoy your workout you will stick to it. The right exercise program can help you live an active healthy life and avoid major health problems such as type 2 diabetes.

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