Could Diabetes Be Sneaking Up on You?

Our body functions best when our blood sugar levels are balanced. Our busy modern day lifestyles can cause us to have irregular eating schedules and we often feel stressed from the constant busyness of our lives. We often take easy options and grab foods which are not in our best health interests when we are pushed for time. This can throw our blood sugar levels out of whack causing disturbances to our metabolism (our body’s engine).

When our blood sugar levels fluctuate or become unbalanced our body has trouble converting food to energy, so you not only feel tired and lack energy but your body isn’t getting the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. If this situation continues over long periods of time, like years or even decades – it could be setting the stage for a very nasty chronic disease that could well reduce a lifespan by up to fifteen years.

If you are feeling tired or listless during the day and are overweight (even slightly) you might be fighting blood sugar cycles that eventually could cause you to become susceptible to type 2 diabetes.

You won’t be alone in this as every year another 7 million people develop diabetes adding to the already 246 million people worldwide who already have this disease. It is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide.

People do not actually die from diabetes but from the accumulation of damage done to blood vessels throughout the body which affect the brain, heart and other major organs and systems.

There is no cure for this situation – only prevention – as once the maximum level of damage is done beyond which the body can handle there is no repairing that damage.

As you get older you are even more at risk as the loss of muscle mass that can accompanies inactive and sedentary aging makes the situation worse. Muscle tissue is where sugar in the blood gets burnt for energy so losing muscle mass allows the damage to occur quicker.

To prevent or treat pre-diabetes or full blown diabetes it is important to put a proper exercise program and a proper eating plan at the top of the list. The exercise program should contain at least 60% strength training exercise to tone existing and build lost muscle tissue. An army of highly active muscle cells can gobble up excess sugar in the blood for their energy requirements.

It is very important to understand that no other form of exercise can increase the amount of muscle tissue you have. Only strength training can do this and can give you this key advantage for helping prevent or manage diabetes. Muscle tissue is the primary tissue in the body that uses blood glucose and will clear away up to 90% of excess sugar in the blood so you are not exposed to the damage it will do.

Strength training exercise will also help you lose excess body fat especially the very dangerous abdominal fat which causes the biggest health risks and increases insulin resistance. This special type of exercise improves your body’s ability to control blood sugar levels and response to insulin at every possible step in the process. No other form of exercise can do this on so many different levels to help prevent diabetes.

To support the exercise program you need high energy and motivation levels. These two go together hand in hand. To make sure you have this you need to take a look at your eating plan. It should contain 4-6 small meals spread every 2-3 hours throughout the day and contain a serving of protein at each meal. Try to resist buying foods in pretty boxes or packets and stick to natural whole unprocessed foods as much as possible.

In just a few short weeks you will be feeling so much better, with more energy so you will feel more like exercising and staying more active in general. This is living with a higher quality of life rather than just bumbling along merely existing. Try this simple recipe and see for yourself.

Source by Carolyn Hansen

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