A report from the National Institutes of Health shows that exercise prevents diabetes. When you eat, your blood sugar level rises. In diabetes, the higher it rises, the more sugar sticks to cells. Once sugar sticks to cells, it can never get off. It is converted to a poison, called sorbitol which destroys the cells. Sugar stuck on cells causes heart attacks, strokes, blindness, deafness, kidney failure, itching, burning foot syndrome, impotence, irregular periods, amputations and all the other side effects of diabetes.

Carbohydrates are broken down into sugar, and sugar goes from your intestines into your blood stream. You body stores sugar only in muscles and your liver. If your muscles are full of sugar, there is no outlet for sugar and your blood sugar level rises too high and destroys cells. On the other hand, if you muscles are empty of sugar, the extra sugar goes into your muscles and does not cause a high rise in blood sugar. So diabetics should exercise before they eat or after they eat, every day if possible. See report #D222.

Checked 8/9/05

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