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Diabetics Need to Exercise

Exercise helps protect diabetics from heart attacks, strokes, blindness and nerve damage.

When you eat, blood sugar level rises. The higher it rises, the more sugar sticks to cells. Once stuck on a cell, sugar cannot get off, so it is converted to a poison called sorbitol which causes blindness, deafness, heart attacks, strokes, kidney damage, burning foot syndrome and so forth. Once sugar enters your bloodstream, it can be stored only in liver and muscle cells.

If liver and muscle cells are full of sugar, the blood sugar has no place to go. On the other hand, if the muscles are emptied by exercise, the sugar goes immediately into muscle and blood sugar levels do not rise too high. So a regular exercise program empties muscles to prevent blood sugar levels from rising too high and by doing this helps to prevent all the side effects of diabetes. See my report on Treatment of Insulin Resistance.

ET Poehlman, RV Dvorak, WF DeNino, M Brochu, PA Ades. Effects of resistance training and endurance training on insulin sensitivity in nonobese, young women: A controlled randomized trial. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2000, Vol 85, Iss 7, pp 2463-8.

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August 22nd, 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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