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Exercise Helps to Control Diabetes

A recent study from the University of Texas in San Antonio shows that exercise helps to control diabetes by helping muscle cells clear sugar from the bloodstream. When you eat, your blood sugar level rises. If it rises too high, sugar sticks to cells where it is converted to sorbitol that damages cells to cause diabetes with its consequences of heart attacks, strokes, blindness, deafness, amputations and kidney failure.

The prevention and treatment of diabetes is to keep sugar from sticking to cells caused by high blood sugar levels after meals. You can treat diabetes by avoiding foods that cause the highest rise in blood sugar, such as refined sugar, bakery products, pastas and root vegetables and by helping muscles remove sugar from the bloodstream as rapidly as possible. Muscles store sugar in their cells as glycogen. When muscles are full of glycogen, the cannot take in more. When you exercise, sugar is released from muscles so they can pull sugar from the bloodstream at a much more rapid rate and therefore prevent blood sugar from rising too high and damaging cells. See my report on Treatment of Insulin Resistance.

Janice Koval et al. Effects of exercise and insulin on insulin signaling proteins in human skeletal muscle. Med Sci Sports Exerc. July, 1999. 31(7):998-104.

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May 19th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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