FYI Health Tip
Diabetes prevention may begin with exercising.
Most people are aware by now that the lack of physical activity that plagues the globe is directly related to the increase in obesity. Obesity has been linked to health problems such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. In 2009, 200 million people were estimated to have type 2 diabetes. According to a recent study, the lack of exercise that is related to the development of obesity may also be contributing to the development of type 2 diabetes.
This study used healthy men who lead active lifestyles but did not participate in any regularly scheduled activity. This more accurately mirrors the general population. They were asked to reduce their physical activity for just 14 days. The reduction in this short period of time revealed an increase in central adiposity (belly fat) and an increase in insulin resistance. Both centrally located belly fat and insulin resistance have been linked to the development of type 2 diabetes. Of course, there are many intricate signals the body receives that play a role in this cascade, but basically lack of exercise leads to an increase in central belly fat, which leads to insulin resistance and finally type 2 diabetes.
It is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that healthy adults get 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week and children get 60 minutes per day. It is not a novel concept that exercise is important to a healthy lifestyle, but now it may be vital to the prevention of chronic diseases. Please consult your physician before starting any new physical activity regimen.
Need more reasons to get moving? Here are four more reasons to start exercising:
1. Lowers anxiety levels. Recent research followed nearly 3,000 patients who experienced anxiety along with their chronic illnesses. Those who participated in exercise programs fared better than their more sluggish peers. Though any amount of exercise was helpful, workout sessions lasting longer than half an hour were best at decreasing anxiety symptoms.
2. Lowers risk of heart disease. New research shows that a key consideration when examining mortality is your fitness level. The researchers examined coronary artery disease patients and something called VO2 peak, which is the maximum capacity of your body to use oxygen during exercise; this marker ultimately shows the fitness of a person. If your body’s ability to use oxygen when exercising is poor, you are more at risk for death if you suffer from coronary artery disease.
3. Reduces depression symptoms. Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) is a protein that protects neurons from damage caused by stress. Exercise helps your body naturally produce more BDNF. BDNF plays an important role in brain development and help neurons grow and develop. Exercise is a potent stimulus that quickly increases BDNF expression in your brain, which is one reason why exercise is a powerful natural antidepressant.
4. Helps keep dementia at bay. A new study suggests that moderate physical activity performed in midlife or later may help protect the nervous system and reduce the risk of MCI. It’s a scientific fact that exercise increases blood flow to the brain. So it’s not a stretch to think that a physical workout may not only help the body stay young, but also the mind.
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Nice blog having nice information. some times we ignore this sort of things & also suffer a lot as well. However we can save a lot with the assistance of these tips for example time etc.
Diabetes is the most punishing disease in the world today. It is affecting over 300 million worldwide. In addition be very very careful of diabetes drugs. 2 more popular diabetes and weight loss drugs were banned due to cancer. Actos has just received a black-box warning. See here
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I am sure that the instances of diabetes, heart disease, cancer etc has been on the increase for the past 60 years and that in the last 30 years is has grown well above the rate it had been up to that point. This must be attributed to the technological boom which has seen the majority of the population go from a labor based occupation to one where one sits behind a computer 40 hours a week. And most people do not enjoy exercising. For those I would suggest starting slowly, such as walking for 20 minutes after work and buliding up from there.
We need to realise that if would live to see our grand-children, we must take our health seriously.
Thanks for the post,
More evidence of the crucial role physical activity plays in diabetes, both in developing diabetes and in managing diabetes. Regular physical activity only requires that we re-prioritize our time, but the benefits are massive and well recognized.