Diabetes

“I thought you got diabetes because you didn’t workout.”

“I thought you got diabetes because you didn’t workout.”
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Sadly, I’ve heard this more than once. But I can’t blame someone for not knowing because that’s a common misconception. I politely say no and say something along the lines of, “There was nothing I could have done to prevent this from happening but now I DO workout because of my diabetes.”
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I always want to make it a learning lesson because I don’t workout for anyone else but myself. I do it for my health and for better control so I don’t suffer the complications that often come with living with diabetes.
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Fun fact: resistance training is crucial for muscle building and improves the body’s ability to utilize insulin.

How?

In very simplistic terms, weight training increases muscle mass, which is turn increase your energy storage capacity. This allows muscle cells to become more sensitive to the effects of insulin. This increased sensitivity allows for greater glucose uptake, which is often independent of insulin.
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For my diabetics out there, we don’t have the insulin needed to do this action automatically. So by increasing our muscle mass, this increases our body’s ability to store glucose when insulin isn’t there to help.
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Main message: increases in muscle mass leads to increases in glucose uptake by muscle. This ultimately lowers blood sugar levels and reduces the amount of insulin needed to control sugars.
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I always see a huge difference in my control when I’m exercising and when I have days off. Exercise gives me the confidence and strength I need to fight this war that goes on inside my own body. Don’t be a victim of diabetes-fight back!
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What type of exercise do you do to manage your diabetes? Have you noticed a difference in your sugars after engaging in exercise?

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