Exercising with a Personal Trainer: Great Prescription For Diabetes

Diabetes is a major problem today.  More and more people, especially children are being stricken with the illness.  It comes with a host of nasty effects and potentially long term disabilities.  It could lead to circulatory problems, heart attacks, or even losing your sight or having to amputate a foot if not manged well or cared for.  Thankfully, there is a perfectly natural approach to manage or even totally reverse certain types of diabetes.

Types of diabetes

The most common types of diabetes are known as type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes, which is also known as adolescent diabetes, differs from type 2 in the sense that the body will stop producing insulin altogether. This person is usually of normal body weight and it is discovered when they are relatively young.  Their pancreas cells simply don’t produce the insulin needed for normal metabolism so it must be supplemented.  Type 2 diabetes used to be normally diagnosed in older adults and occurs as the body stops producing enough insulin or the individual becomes resistant to their own body insulin.  This diagnosis is occurring more and more in younger, overweight children.  Type 2 can be largely a function of being overfat.

No matter what form of diabetes it is, you’ll lose your ability to adequately utilize sugar. The blood sugar levels will increase due to the body’s difficulty in transporting sugar into the cells and out of the blood stream.  Insulin is like the gatekeeper in terms of directing sugar into the blood into the right cells for use as energy.  It can be blocked from doing its job by fat in the system.  This is where the term insulin resistance comes from.  It is present, but it is unable to function because your body is now resisting it.

Controlling blood sugar

There are several ways to control your blood sugar levels, including diet, exercise, and medication.  As a whole, exercise is a very important part of diabetic management for both type 1 and type 2 diabetics. Those that have type 1 will find regular exercise helps to maintain insulin sensitivity, helps to prevent the accumulation of excess weight, and also increases the use of glucose by muscles. Although there is really no way to prevent type 1 diabetes, it is possible to manage it well.  It is entirely possible to prevent, or reverse, type 2 diabetes.

The things to consider when you attempt to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes are regular exercise supplementation with vitamins and minerals that will help to prevent insulin resistance and proper control of weight.  Not only will exercise help directly with diabetic management by lowering blood sugar levels and maintaining insulin sensitivity, but it will also help minimize several of the complications that can occur in a diabetic individual.

And not just any exercise either.  The type of exercise programming we do is specifically designed to utilize more glycogen (stored sugar in muscle cells) for fuel which, in turn, forces your muscle cells to replenish by uptaking the sugar in the blood.  Or, in other words, doing the work of insulin.  This helps to control the levels of blood sugar, remain on more of an even keel, and to become less insulin resistant over time.

Almost all diabetics tend to develop circulatory problems and exercise can help lower blood pressure and improve circulation throughout the body. Seeing as how people with diabetes tend to have poor blood flow to their lower areas and feet, better circulation is a great benefit.

the right plan can reverse diabetes

The benefits of exercise and the right nutritional plan can be seen rather quickly.  There’s absolutely no reason to spend years or the rest of your life with type 2 diabetes, barring any genetic predisposition.  With the right nutritional plan, you could begin losing body fat this week and immediately begin on the path of getting rid of diabetes altogether.  The longer the disease remains in place, the more damage it can do to the body.  Some damage cannot be undone.  That’s why it is critically important to make changes soon so that medication and other treatments are not necessary.

Even though there are risks associated with exercise, the potential benefits will outweigh the risks. Exercise does indeed lower blood sugar levels, so those with diabetes should measure their blood sugar both before and after they exercise. Since your body uses more sugar while you exercise and makes you more sensitive to insulin, there is a risk of blood sugar becoming too low and causing hypoglycemia as a result.  But, this can be minor and momentary if managed well.

Whenever you exercise, it is important to let others know that you are diabetic. They should also be informed about what they should do in case of hypoglycemia. To be on the safe side, you should always carry candy or fruit juice with you
to treat low blood sugar when it occurs.  Small restaurant style packages of honey tend to travel well and never go bad.  Or, work with a specialized professional, like myself, to design a safe and effective diabetes management program for you.  The people who have weekly accountability and counseling with a professional consistently have the best results that last compared to those who don’t seek out professional help.

During and after you have exercised, you should pay very close attention about how you feel, since rapid heart beat, increased sweating, feeling shaky, or hunger can signal that your blood sugar levels are getting too low.

If you are a diabetic, exercise should be part of your daily routine. You should always exercise at the right pace and never overdo it. Also, you should be sure to exercise around people you know or at a gym, so there will always be people around
you in case something goes wrong. Having diabetes doesn’t have to hinder your life or your performance, as exercise can help you get your life back on track and heading in the right direction -the healthy direction.

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