Exercise can prevent diabetes

Despite medical advances that have been made in recent years in the prevention of diabetes, a just-released study shows that the number of people suffering from this disease worldwide has more than doubled in the past 30 years.

Research demonstrates that currently 347 million people around the world have this invasive and often debilitating sickness, which can lead to heart disease, stroke, and even premature death, especially in people who have other risk factors, such as obesity.

These alarming findings should strike a chord among Americans because the incidence of diabetes in the United States is increasing twice as fast as in Western Europe, said Donnie Middleton, a personal trainer at Precision Personal Training in Flower Mound.

“Official figures show that nearly 26 million people in this country have diabetes, and that number could triple in the next 40 years,” Middleton said. “That’s why it is so important to not only treat this disease but also help prevent its onset. And one of the steps should be weight loss and management.”

In fact, studies have indicated that obesity and inactivity are primary causes of type 2 diabetes: 67 percent of people diagnosed with this disease in the United States are overweight and 46 percent are obese.

Sensible diet along with a regular fitness program will be beneficial in fighting obesity and, consequently, the risk of developing diabetes, Middleton notes.

“Exercise will help control the weight and lower the blood sugar level. And by improving insulin resistance, blood pressure, as well as cholesterol and glucose levels, it will also reduce the risk of heart disease, which is common in diabetics,” he said.

What kind of workout will help bring diabetes under control in the most effective way?

“Research shows that any regular physical activity that raises the heart rate for an extended period of time, will be beneficial,” Middleton said, adding that diabetics should get their doctor’s permission before starting a diet or an exercise program.

He also notes that strength training has been proven effective in weight loss because it lowers body fat, increases the lean muscle, and burns calories more efficiently.

Still not sure how to work out safely and effectively?

“A personal trainer can show you exercises that take into account your specific needs and goals,” Middleton added. 

Donnie Middleton is a certified fitness expert (NASM, Cooper Institute) with 9 years of experience in the fitness industry. Middleton can be reached at [email protected] or 469-348-4552.


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