Blood sugar levels: how exercise can help
The rise of Type 2 diabetes has been in every news bulletin today. Type 2 diabetes, unlike type 1, is largely preventable, There are some of us genetically predisposed towards developing this condition but we do not just have to accept this. Unfortunately our urban lifestyle means that everyone could be at risk of developing blood sugar issues depending upon your life choices.
Worldwide the condition has quadrupled and 3.7 million deaths last year in the UK are associated with high blood sugar levels.
So what can we do?
- The first thing is to reduce your intake of sugar and processed foods to the minimum.
- Exercise can lower blood sugar on its own, even if you don’t lose weight.
- “Exercising is the most underused treatment and it’s so, so powerful,” said Sharon Movsas, RD, a diabetes nutrition specialist at the Clinical Diabetes Centre at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.
- When you exercise, your muscles become more sensitive to insulin and absorb more glucose from the blood. Regular training can lower your fasting blood glucose by 15 to 44%.
There is boxing tonight (Wednesday) at Finchley Methodist Church Hall and two bootcamps on Sat in Victoria Park all of which are guaranteed to have a beneficial effect on your blood glucose levels.
So pop along 6.45pm tonight, 9.30am or 10.30am Saturday morning.