We are always looking for a way to reversing diabetes (type II). The annual cost of diabetes here in Texas is over $12 billion, but there may be a simple answer to reversing the power diabetes seems to have on our lives. Something called VO2 can make a huge difference on how your body behaves. If you have diabetes, this information might just be a solution to help you regain control of your life.
I want to talk about something so vitally important, that you will wonder why no one has brought it up to you before. It’s called VO2 (I promise I will explain what that is). VO2 is really important if you are battleing diabetes. In fact, it could be one of the keys to helping you reverse diabetes. The annual cost of diabetes here in Texas is over $12 billion, but there may be a simple answer to reversing the power diabetes seems to have on our lives. First let me explain what VO2 is, and then I’ll share some important information with you that will help if Reverse Diabetes (Type II).
Few people really know, much less understand what VO2 is. I’ll try to explain this in non-medical terms though. When you exercise you inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. We remember that from school many years ago. But no matter who you are, we all have a maximal amount of oxygen we can inhale before we start getting out of breath. We can keep pushing ourselves to the point where we can’t breath enough oxygen to keep up with our bodies demands for oxygen. So when you hear VO2, they are saying the total amount of oxygen your body can handle. The higher your VO2, the harder you can push yourself before you get out of breath. The lower your VO2, you will get out of breath much sooner.
First the bad news. There have been studies that show a coorelation between those who are diagnosed with diabetes and a low VO2. Even before that though, we have found that having a low VO2 is an indicator that the individual has a higher likelihood of developing the disease. (Research Study) Not only that, but we also have seen that those who have diabetes have a hard time increasing VO2 because they also have a higher drop out among first time exercisers.
Now the good news! When you compare an overweight individual without diabetes and an overweight individual with diabetes, the individual with diabetes can increase their VO2 faster than the individual without VO2. Now granted, they started at a lower level, but they have the capacity to increase at a much faster capacity than the individual without diabetes. (Research Study)
So the good news means that even though you start at a lower level, you can improve at a faster rate. So why aren’t people reversing diabetes all the time?
We see the following pattern…You have diabetes or are at risk of diabetes and therefore have a lower amount of oxygen processing in your body. When you exercise, you aren’t able to push yourself very hard, so unforunately you normally don’t see the weight loss results that you hope for. When you do press yourself harder you find it exhausting and can’t keep going. So essentially you either don’t push yourself hard enough and limit your results, or you try to push yourself hard but just find it exhausting to keep doing it. But there is hope.
When you use short periods of high intensity, you can challenge and push up your VO2. These short segments are hard, but you only start with a few. As you continue to workout in the days and weeks to come, you keep pushing yourself a few more times. Never so much that it totally wipes you out, but enough to keep challenging you. We do this with our Diabetes and Hypertension Medical Training Class. As you continue to make these improvements, several things happen.
- Number one, you start losing weight. Who doesn’t like that, right? In fact, we even suggest those without diabetes use interval training to raise their VO2 and lose body fat faster.
- Your glucose levels improve. We have several clients that have to adjust their insulin intake after doing this form of training. So make sure you consult with your doctor as you begin going through this program.
- You will feel better. There’s just something great about exercising correctly. Your energy levels improve, your clothes look better, and you feel great. Don’t underestimate the power of proper exercise.
So if you have questions about how VO2 affects your health, feel free to ask in the comments below. And if you want help getting started, our Diabetes and Hypertension Medical Training Class would be a great way to get you on the right track. We have a class starting on Monday, November 8th for a limited number of participants. If you are ready to take control of your health, you won’t want to miss it.
Edited: Added that this is about Type II Diabetes specifically, not Type I. Thank you Nancy.