Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Addressing the Sugar Issue
To stabilize blood sugar levels, exercise can be extremely effective for diabetics and non-diabetics alike. During exercise, muscles burn through glucose and increase the body’s ability to utilize the hormone insulin, which removes sugars from the bloodstream.
While this information has been known for years, it was often misconstrued. Traditional exercise regimens (like prolonged jogging and methodically paced weightlifting) are far less efficient than high intensity exercise.
A recent study has shown that 30 minutes of intense exercise a week can lower blood sugar for as much as 24 hours after working out. Also, this type of workout prevents the post-meal ups and downs of blood sugar experienced by Type 2 diabetics.
While high intensity exercise may sound intimidating to older people or fitness novices, it’s important to remember that intensity level is subjective. Most 20-year-old females will have a higher threshold than most women in their 60s. Both can work to 80 percent of their capacity to reap the metabolic benefits of high-intensity exercise, but their exercise programs will likely look very different.
Where Did It All Come From?
Americans’ excessive consumption of sugar can be traced back to the industrialization of the food supply. Through genetic modification and extensive processing, a greater proportion of calories in our food now come from damaged fats and sugars. Exercise is key to maintaining total body function, but proper nutrition can be life-saving.
In a study of more than 30,000 women’s dietary habits, the women who ate more fruits and vegetables experienced significantly fewer heart attacks during the study’s 10-year follow-up period. This result held true even when body mass and frequency of exercise were equal.
Exercise is a key to stabilizing blood sugar, but proper nutrition is essential to overcoming sugar dependence and permanently decreasing the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.
To Learn More
Contact Cherrydale Family Chiropractic (864) 558-8174 and ask about the upcoming workshop “BitterSweet: The Sharp Bite Behind the Sugar High.”