I like my lower extremity limbs!! I like my eyesight!! I want my kidneys functioning!!
The Simplicity of Prevention
If you could prevent your foot or leg being amputated, would you do all you could do to prevent it? I would! If you could avoid losing your eyesight, would you do all you could to preserve it? I would! How about your kidneys??? You want them, too? I want mine!! Americans are suffering and dying everyday with a chronic condition that is preventable and controllable!! We are allowing this to cause destruction to the quality of life in our health, our families, our economy because of our lifestyle choices! WHY???? What can we do to reach out? What can we do to help? What can we do to stop DIABETES onslaught???
Just the Facts
One statistic reports one in every two Americans have diabetes and/or obesity combined is “Diabesity” a phrase coined by Dr. Mark Hyman. WOW! That is staggering. Another statistic from Ohio State University claims Diabetes affects an estimated 23.6 million people in the US of A. Let me break that down for you…..that is nearly 10% of our population. It is the fifth leading cause of death! I’m not going to even get into the billions of dollars the disease is costing this nation! This is a serious, serious problem and those with this chronic condition are at an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, dementia, cancer, high blood pressure, depression, blindness, Alzheimers, rapid and premature aging, poor sex drive and kidney failure.
Guess what is in our power to help prevent, treat and reverse Type 2 Diabetes? Yep…..Exercise!! Don’t think because you aren’t overweight you are exempt!! “Skinny fat” people are those who aren’t carrying enough muscle. They, too, oftentimes carry weight around the middle and make them susceptible to insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome or Type 2 diabetes. These conditions are all pretty much the same thing—just with varying degrees of severity.
The Role of Nutrition
Nutrition, of course, is going to play a factor. Eating calories such as juices, sodas, vitamin water, bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes cause our cells to slowly become numb to the effects of insulin which leads to the pancreas creating more and more of it to balance the blood-sugar levels. This is called insulin resistance. Skipping meals or eating too much sugar causes swings in blood sugar making you feel anxious, irritable and tired. It can even cause palpitations and panic attacks. You may receive a sudden surge of energy after a sugary snack or meal, but, then the crash occurs as your blood sugar takes a nose dive. Many times hypoglycemia (a drop in blood sugar) is an early symptom of insulin resistance. Does this sound familiar?
Over time, your pancreas can’t produce enough insulin to fight against the high blood sugar and that is when you have gone from pre-diabetic or insulin resistant to diabetes. Ask your physician to order the two-hour glucose tolerance test. This test measures not only glucose but also insulin levels at fasting, and one and two hours after a sugar drink—according to Dr. Mark Hyman this is “…a much more effective way to catch problems before the onset of the disease.” Insulin is the fat-storage hormone….so, if you have high levels of it, it tells your body to lose muscle and gain weight around the belly! Don’t wait until the sugar levels are too high to start changing your choices. Damage is occurring now. Contact Medical Fitness Pros today and make a nutrition appointment with our Registered Dietitian!
How Does Exercise Work?
Now the exercise portion…..you gotta do it! Listen to this….EXERCISE HAS AN INSULIN LIKE AFFECT ON YOUR CELLS! Along with a low-carb eating plan, a gym membership is the most potent antidote to type 2 diabetes. There are no controversies over the benefits of exercise. None. Nowhere. The research is unequivocal. Regular exercise reduces diabetes incidence in subjects by nearly 70 percent compared with those who didn’t exercise according to a Finnish study on diabetes prevention. Weight loss improves glucose control and insulin sensitivity, and exercise helps with weight loss. Remember my first blog in the series of Why Do I Exercise??? (Part 2 of Why I Exercise) But, if there isn’t weight loss, do not fear because exercise still improves insulin sensitivity without weight loss. In the Finnish study, those subjects who failed to meet their weight loss goal, yet did hit their exercise goal, still had a 44 percent reduction in diabetes risk.
You Take Control
Working out is an essential long-term strategy for Type 2 diabetics. The liver reacts to exercise by breaking down glycogen, those stored carbs. At the same time, cells become more proficient at absorbing glucose from the bloodstream, like they’re supposed to. The increased uptake tends to exceed the increased production. When it does, blood sugar levels drop. Looking for the cure for type 2 diabetes? This is it! Exercise also elevates mood, which makes you stick to your diet easier. Exercise also encourages a more aggressive mind-set, so, instead of just letting the disease take you down, exercisers are kicking diabetes butt! When I say exercise…I’m not talking activity such as walking the dog. EXERCISE! According to Dr. Michael Jones (beloved MFP Advisor and President of the American Academy of Health, Fitness and Rehab Professionals) “Exercise is key to managing most chronic conditions.”
I love my legs and feet, kidneys, and eyesight….and I plan on keeping all of them. That’s why I exercise!
We are starting a Diabetes/Hypertension Program. If you are trying to find out how to take care of your health and avoid or manage your Diabetes, this is the class for you.