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Lack of Exercise May Lead to Late-Life Diabetes

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(JANUARY 2013) Over recent generations, our society’s general activity levels have declined dramatically. Not long ago, people didn’t have Xbox or Netflix to entertain them on the couch; children and adults alike went outside and played sports, went swimming or took walks.

Studies identify this lack of chronic physical activity (at least 15-30 minutes) as a key factor in the increased prevalence of diabetes type-2, also known as adult-onset diabetes. With diabetes type-2, the body cannot fully metabolize sugar (glucose), resisting the insulin produced to metabolize it. Less active lifestyles plus increased calorie and sugar intake equal a rise in type-2 diabetes.

If this sounds like you, it might not be too late to turn your lifestyle around to prevent developing type-2 diabetes. Consider changing your eating habits, making sure to eat low-sugar foods that are on the lower end of the Glycemic Index, as well as eating correct portion sizes. This will help greatly to prevent type-2 diabetes.

In addition, regular exercise helps burn off extra calories and ensures you’re maintaining a healthy weight. When you’re overweight, your body will has to produce more insulin than normal to have the same effect. This is taxing to your body. It builds up resistance since there is so much being flooded into your system. Having a healthy weight and maintaining it through exercise will go a long way to preventing type-2 diabetes.

Following a proper diet and exercise plan are the keys to reducing your risks type-2 diabetes. They also go a long way toward making symptoms easier to manage if you already have diabetes. It just takes some dedication and hard work.

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